PROBLEMATIC BEHAVIOR OR ACTIVITY
The Car Care Program was developed as a means to assist individuals or families that are struggling to balance the financial needs for everyday life (groceries, mortgage, rent, etc.) against the cost to repair a minor motor vehicle issue, such as a broken taillight or headlight.
IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY
The failure to fix minor motor vehicle issues can dramatically impact both the driver of the vehicle and those sharing the road with that driver. First, if the driver persists in not fixing the vehicle issue the chances of law enforcement contact and potential enforcement action increase. Law enforcement action can have a cascading effect on a person’s life – ticket issued, potential failure to pay a fine, eventual suspension of a license, etc. Second, the persisted failure to fix vehicle equipment issues can lead to decreased traffic safety for the operator/passengers and other motorists using the highway.
The Car Care Program is a partnership between the Oregon State Police and various auto parts retailers. The program allows Troopers to offer motorists stopped for select minor motor vehicle violations a discount voucher that is accepted at participating auto parts stores. The voucher provides a discount that hopefully will encourage these stopped motorists to fix the underlying vehicle issue.
BASED ON RESEARCH
The Oregon State Police is tracking the number of vouchers given out to the public and coordinating with participating auto parts retailers to determine the number of vouchers redeemed for a discount.
Budget is minimal – the small printing cost of the vouchers.
The program has received positive feedback from the public and media. A better picture of impact will be developed as time passes and the program hopefully expands to additional LE agencies and auto parts retailers.