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hve elements The HVE concept is a departure from traditional law enforcement tactics. HVE incorporates enforcement strategies, such as enhanced patrols using visibility elements (e.g. electronic message boards, road signs, command posts, BAT mobiles, etc.) designed to make enforcement efforts obvious to the public. The goal of HVE is to make the motoring public aware of your enforcement efforts and create deterrence. When the perceived risk of getting caught by law enforcement goes up, the likelihood that people will engage in unsafe driving behaviors goes down.

Click here for examples of visibility elements to enhance your enforcement such as road signs, specially marked vests and vehicles, and more


Ensure the public sees high levels of enforcement activity.
Tell the public why the law is being enforced.
Visibility Elements
Show the public what is being enforced.
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