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Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)

What is DDACTS?

Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) is a law enforcement operational model supported by a partnership among the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and two agencies of the Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice.

DDACTS integrates location-based crime and traffic crash data to determine the most effective methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. Drawing on the deterrent value of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes, and traffic violations across the country.

Using geo-mapping to identify “hot spots”—areas of high incidence of crimes and crashes—DDACTS uses targeted traffic enforcement strategies that play two roles in fighting crime and reducing crashes and traffic violations. The model responds to the competing demands for police services that law enforcement executives face every day.


Operational Guidelines (PDF 1.6MB)

Operational Guidelines

(PDF 1.6MB)

Learn about procedures and recommended practices for communities to develop a DDACTS implementation plan built on seven guiding principles for effective program operations.

  DDACTS Brochure (PDF 505KB)ce

DDACTS Brochure

(PDF 505KB)

Share this high-level overview of DDACTS, including partner and stakeholder participation, data collection and analysis, strategic operations, information sharing and outreach, and more.

DDACTS Executive Summary (PDF 315KB)

DDACTS Executive Summary

(PDF 315KB)

Hand out this executive summary to help law enforcement officers quickly learn about the benefits of DDACTS and how to move forward with this strategy.

  Final Report: DDACTS Evaluability Assessment (PDF 5.8MB)

Final Report: DDACTS Evaluability Assessment

(PDF 5.8MB)

Use this final report from the Urban Institute to inform current and future DDACTS sites about the state of DDACTS implementation and to support potential future DDACTS evaluations undertaken by NIJ and NHTSA.



This toolkit provides State Highway Safety Offices and law enforcement agencies with resources to learn about, market, and receive technical training timplement DDACTS in their own States or local jurisdictions.


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