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Traffic-related problems historically have not been a primary concern for citizens, academic researchers, and law enforcement practitioners. Community policing and problem-solving efforts are routinely developed for and focused on violent crime or quality-of-life offenses in a particular neighborhood and then evaluated on their success or failure within those limited focus areas. Traffic problem responses, when thought of at all, are usually a reaction to a high-profile crash such as a child wandering into the street and being struck by a passing vehicle. When an incident of this sort occurs, police may be immediately directed to the area for a period of time and tasked with high-visibility enforcement of minor traffic violations, primarily those related to vehicle speed. After a short period of time, the police ...

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