Strategies used to curtail an upward trend in traffic fatalities resulted in a 27% reduction in deaths in 2021 compared with 2020 in the central LA area, the Los Angeles Police Department reported Monday.

The strategies employed by the LAPD included directed enforcement, public education campaigns and partnerships with the geographic commands throughout the department’s jurisdiction. The department also researched traffic patterns and collision trends to determine where and when to deploy officers.

The strategies used by the LAPD were developed after the department noted a 7% nationwide increase in fatal traffic collision in 2020.

LAPD’s Central Traffic Division will remain “committed to reducing deaths due to traffic collisions in 2022 with the continued tenacity and enthusiasm displayed daily by Los Angeles Police Department officers,” the department said in a statement.

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