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Effective training programs ensure that law enforcement officers know applicable state laws and local ordinances. Enforcing traffic laws and regulating pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists helps ensure safe and healthy walking. Enforcement programs can educate people about the laws that govern them, periodically remind them to obey traffic rules, encourage safer behaviors, and monitor and protect public spaces. They can also help reinforce and support educational programs and messages.

In addition to laws and regulations that support safe pedestrian activity, agencies should have procedures for handling violators, especially young violators. Young pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers are particularly impressionablea law enforcement campaign can be an ideal opportunity to engendering safer behaviors for life. Studies have shown that giving citations to pedestrians, especially young ones, is counterproductive and can do more harm than good.

Seattle Police Officers salute during a memorial service for Seattle Police Officer Elizabeth 'Beth' Nowak in Seattle, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006. Nowak was killed by the driver of a stolen vehicle Monday.
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