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Operation Accident Reduction Citations (ARC)
We all want safer roadways. Safer roadways mean fewer accidents, better traffic flow and you arrive at your destination on time. In an effort to reduce accidents, the Riley County Police Department (RCPD) is launching "ARC" or "Accident Reduction Citations"
What is ARC? ARC is an initiative that uses research conducted by Kansas State University and recent crash data in an effort to reduce the number of accidents on our roadways. The K-State research surveyed local citizens asking what the top traffic offenses you care about are and what you believe your police department should be enforcing.
When RCPD looked at our internal crash data, it was found that the top 5 causes of preventable accidents in Riley County are the same violations that the public expects the police to enforce.
The study showed citizens want RCPD to focus on:
- Driving under the influence
- Speeding (especially in school zones)
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Cellphone use (especially texting)
When officers pull people over for these offenses, they are educating the public by communicating the reason behind the stop, the fact that their fellow citizens asked us to police this behavior and the steps to take moving forward to better comply with the law.
RCPD is currently conducting a new survey including an opportunity to list your top 5 traffic concerns. By participating in this survey you continue to help us gain valuable insight into the concerns of people who live in this area and the steps we can take to help make the roads safer. The goal of ARC is to educate the public on what causes accidents, and what our department is doing to try to prevent them.
RCPD earned the 2020 "People Saving People" Award from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the 26th Annual KDOT Transportation Safety Conference. RCPD was one of two recipients of the award in the state which recognizes outstanding contributions to the improvement of transportation safety behavior in Kansas.