The Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge

The State of Maryland has one of the most dedicated groups of law enforcement in the nation and the Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) is a way to recognize the truly excellent work being done by our uniformed men and women.

Law enforcement plays one of the most vital roles in reducing traffic crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities. The Maryland LEC promotes competition among Maryland law enforcement agencies (LEAs), while recognizing and honoring those which excel in traffic safety enforcement. The program is coordinated in conjunction with the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA), the Maryland Sheriff’s Association (MSA), and the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) and is closely related to the National Law Enforcement Challenge sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

The Maryland LEC focuses upon three main traffic safety areas – enforcement of Maryland’s occupant protection laws, impaired driving prevention, and aggressive driving prevention. LEAs are also strongly encouraged to provide information regarding enforcement efforts which promote a comprehensive traffic safety plan, such as motorcycle safety, younger/older driver safety, pedestrian/bicyclist safety, and innovative programs or technologies.

Effective enforcement of Maryland’s traffic safety laws is the focal point of this program.

Required Reporting Periods



Enforcement Initiative
Required Enforcement Periods

Occupant Protection

CIOT Enforcement: May 13 – May 27, 2013

May 23 – May 27, 2013 (Nighttime enforcement - Memorial Day Weekend)  

Fall CIOT: 
November 12 – 25, 2013

Aggressive Driving Prevention

Wave 1: June 2 – 8, 2013

Wave 2: June 29 – July 6, 2013

Wave 3: August 4 – 17, 2013 (two weeks)

Wave 4: September 1 - 7, 2013

Impaired Driving Prevention

Wave 1: August 16 - September 2, 2013

Wave 2: October 26 - November 1, 2013 (Halloween)

Wave 3: November 25 - December 13, 2013 (Thanksgiving Belts & Booze)

Wave 4: December 13 – January 2, 2014 (Holiday)

To achieve Maryland’s highway safety goals, and to strengthen the quality of the submission, an agency is strongly encouraged to conduct supplemental activities during “Additional Recommended Awareness Periods.”

Refer to the NHTSA Communications Calendar for additional enforcement periods and public awareness initiatives.

NOTE: A large portion of the judging criteria will be based on enforcement and education activities during the required mobilization periods. It is important to track efforts specifically during these periods, but an agency should be prepared to provide citations and arrests, as well as overall effort levels, for the entire year.


Group A – Municipal Agencies

Number of Sworn Personnel:
  1. 1-10 Officers
  2. 11-25 Officers
  3. 26-45 Officers
  4. 46-99 Officers
  5. 100 or more Officers

Group B – Sheriff’s Offices / County Agencies

Number of Deputies / Sworn Personnel:
  1. 1-50 Deputies/Officers
  2. 51-100 Deputies/Officers
  3. 101-250 Deputies/Officers
  4. 251-750 Deputies/Officers
  5. 751 or more Deputies/Officers

Group C – Federal, State and Special Police Agencies

Group D - University (with enforcement duties)

Group E – Police Agencies without Law Enforcement Responsibilities

Group F – Maryland State Police Barracks

National Challenge

Categories in the National IACP Challenge differ from those in the Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge. To see the National Challenge categories, go to:

For More Info

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Maryland LEC, please contact Tim Richards, the MHSO's Occupant Protection Program Coordinator, at 410-787-4077 or at