Florida District 7 Community Traffic Safety Team Walk Wise Conference.
The Community Traffic Safety Model
The original Safe Communities Model was adopted from the World Health Organization in the mid-1990 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It represents one way a community traffic safety network is established and managed. All partners participate as equals in developing solutions, sharing successes, assuming risks, and building a community structure and process to continue improvement of community life towards the reduction of traffic related injuries, fatalities and associated costs.
A community traffic safety alliance or coalition expands resources and partnerships, increases program visibility, and establishes community ownership and support for roadway related injury prevention programs. While communities may partner with other groups to address all other injuries, data consistently points to traffic-related injuries and fatalities as the top issue for communities and States.
NHTSA, along with other U.S. Department of Transportation agencies and injury prevention partners, are committed to communities being in the best position to make improvements in local transportation-related safety problems. When a community takes ownership of an issue, change happens! Partnerships are critical.