Law Enforcement

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Law enforcement is a key partner in highway safety. As the “boots on the ground” of traffic safety, law enforcement officers are crucial to reducing fatalities on our roadways. High visibility enforcement (HVE) campaigns that are data-driven, targeted and aggressive are cornerstones of ensuring safety and creating the changes in driver behavior that GHSA and its members seek. Law enforcement agencies can also be partners in educating the public about safe road use.

GHSA Policy

Click here to view GHSA's Policy and Priorities on Law Enforcement.

GHSA has established a number or partnerships and programs to engage with law enforcement by across the country.

NLELP LogoForemost among these is the National Law Enforcement Liaison Program (NLELP) a program created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). NLELP is funded by NHTSA under a in recognition of the effectiveness of LEL activities in reducing crashes across the country.

The program enhances communications between LELs, ensures greater coordination of LEL activities nationwide, and creates and support LEL training and guidance to increase the knowledge and skills of LELs. The NLELP is strengthens the work of a proven network of highway safety professionals with enhanced communications tools, updated training, sharing of best practices, exchanging information on new research, policies, and programs, and highlighting successes.

Together, GHSA and NLELP collaborate with national law enforcement organizations such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs' Association and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, encouraging these groups and their members to prioritize traffic safety and engage in activities as the state and local levels.

GHSA also works with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility ( to help law enforcement combat the issue of drugged driving. GHSA and sponsor a grant program to support states as they train law enforcement officers to recognize drug-impaired drivers. As drug-impaired driving continues to be a nationwide problem, this partnership helps ensure that law enforcement agencies have all the tools available to them to identify these drivers. Learn more about the partnership here.

Facts & Figures

240 LELs in US


GHSA does not collect and publish state law information on this issue.

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