Traffic Enforcement Strategies for Work Zones



This report presents guidance for the safe and effective deployment of traffic enforcement strategies in work zones on high-speed highways with speed limits greater than 45 mph. The report discusses planning, design, and operation of traffic enforcement strategies, and associated administrative issues.

Traffic law enforcement by uniformed officers or other means can be effective in reducing undesirable driver behavior that contributes to crashes in highway work zones. Practices nationally vary widely on the enforcement strategies and philosophies used in work zones, the administrative mechanisms applied to establish and maintain a work zone enforcement program, payment methods for work zone enforcement efforts, techniques applied to supplement work zone enforcement, and public information dissemination practices employed to support work zone enforcement in a region. This report addresses the gap in objective guidance on selecting projects where enforcement would be most beneficial or on developing a traffic enforcement strategy for a work zone.

During the supporting project for this guidebook, the research team surveyed the literature and practice and identified technologies that can supplement or supplant law enforcement personnel. They conducted structured group interviews to gain additional insights into the benefits and concerns associated with law enforcement in work zones. Knowledge gaps pertaining to work zone traffic enforcement were identified and, insofar as resources allowed, addressed through the collection and analysis of field data.

The contractor’s final report providing background information for the project is available as NCHRP Web-Only Document 194.

Source Organization Location

Washington, DC

Operations Area of Practice

  • Business Processes/Policies and Procedures
  • Interagency Agreements / Cooperation / MOUs
  • Work Zone Management

Organizational Capability Element

  • Evaluation of Operations Strategies
  • Work Zone Management
  • Public safety agency collaboration

Content Type

  • Research

Role in Organization

  • Associate Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Researcher/Academic
  • Senior Engineer
  • Technician

Publishing Organization


Project Website

Traffic Enforcement Strategies for Work Zones

Prime Contractor
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Gerald L. Ullman, Marcus A. Brewer, et al.
Issue Date
July 1st, 2010
Publication Number
NCHRP Report 746
ISBN Number
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