Trump administration officials are rolling out a new auto policing initiative to help solve traffic safety problems, including the deaths of dozens of people in a tractor-trailer accident on a rural road in Minnesota.
The new auto patrols, which will begin in 2021, aim to make it easier for drivers to take more aggressive steps in traffic incidents and will be focused on reducing speeding, weaving and distracted driving.
In an announcement Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the program as part of a broad effort to address road safety and safety infrastructure needs.
The initiative, which has been in the works for a decade, aims to provide greater resources to help local police agencies develop better technology and policies, which could eventually be integrated into federal law enforcement systems, Zinke said.
The Trump administration has focused on improving road safety by investing in infrastructure, including more speed cameras, lane markings and signs to help slow speeding and distracted drivers.
The Department of Transportation has also proposed legislation to create an infrastructure fund for improving road and highway safety.