despp: State Police Collaborate to Announce "Drive to Save Lives" Campaign

{Connecticut State Police Patch}  
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457

Dora B. Schriro
Colonel Danny R. Stebbins
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
March 20, 2014


       The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), United States Department of Transportation (DOT), State Police and highway patrol leaders from more than 40 states are joining forces to announce the “Drive to Save Lives” campaign.

       The implementation of the Drive to Save Lives Campaign is a united effort by State Police leaders to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent in 2014.  More than 33,000 deaths occur each year on our nation’s roadways.  Highway fatalities rank as one of the top 12 causes of death in the United States and it is the leading cause of death among teens.  This is unacceptable because most crashes are preventable.

       In order to decrease highway fatalities, State Police will lead a sustained effort over the course of the year that is data driven, with focus on the use of seat-belts and speeding while also targeting impaired and distracted driving.  The campaign will also include enforcement action against unsafe driving behaviors of the operators of large trucks and buses. Through education and awareness, partnerships, and high-visibility traffic enforcement, State Police leaders will work to change the high-risk behaviors of motorists that lead to crashes.

      “I am pleased to join forces with the IACP, the US DOT, and more than 40 other states in this vital campaign,” said Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) Commissioner, Dr. Dora B. Schriro. “Safe driving, especially among our teens, should continue to be a top priority, not only in Connecticut, but nationwide.”

       “Far too often, troopers, and officers are called upon to notify a family member that a loved one is not coming home,” said Colonel Danny R. Stebbins, Commanding Officer of the Connecticut State Police. “As law enforcement leaders, we have an obligation to ensure that we are doing everything in our power to reduce highway fatalities in our communities, hence the Drive to Save Lives campaign. Through our collective efforts to educate the public and raise awareness about the leading causes of fatalities, our expanded partnerships to address these causes, and high visibility proactive enforcement is an effort to change behaviors.  Our goal is to reduce highway fatalities nationwide by 15 percent in 2014.”

       “We are very pleased to be able to partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation on the Drive to Save Lives campaign,” said Major Brian Meraviglia Connecticut State Police Field Operations Commander.  “We have responded to far too many crashes caused by speeding and seen too many deaths because people were not wearing their seatbelts, and because of impaired and distracted driving. Crashes are preventable.  This campaign aims to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Through our partnership, we will work to reduce highway deaths in 2014, and the coming years, because even one death is too many.”

        “Last year, we lost 33,000 lives on our nation’s roads,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “That’s why I’m pleased to join the IACP and State Police nationwide in this ambitious goal to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent. The Department of Transportation stands ready to do its part to help them achieve it.”

         Another major element of the Drive to Save Lives Campaign is officer safety. Traffic-related incidents are the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths of Troopers & law enforcement officers. When discussing the importance of officer safety to the success of the Drive to Save Lives Campaign and as we drive to save lives, it is important that we include the men and women of law enforcement in this campaign. Last year, 46 officers were killed on our roadways. This represents more than 40 percent of all line of duty deaths for the year. Equally troubling is the fact that the number of officers struck and killed while outside of their vehicles was once again in double digits, continuing the trend of the past decade.

         The nationwide Drive to Save Lives campaign is not just a yearlong effort by state police and highway patrol leaders and their partners, this Campaign will be an ongoing effort to prevent the needless deaths that occur on our roadways each year. Follow the Campaign on twitter at #Drive2SaveLives.


Lt. J. Paul Vance


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