Communities create countermeasure to mitigate traffic-related incidents.
Does Your Community have a Traffic Safety Plan?
Historically, communities participating in traffic safety coalitions were referred to as safe community coalitions. Community members and professionals joined partnerships to prevent injuries and fatalities at the local level. Membership ideally was comprehensive, community-based and inclusive, incorporating citizens, law enforcement, public health, medical, injury prevention, education, business, civic and service groups, public works offices, traffic safety advocates and other stakeholders that could provide program input, direction, and involvement in the community.
These groups looked for data driven causes for the majority of injuries and fatalities. Injury/Fatality data and associated economic costs at the national level consistently pointed to traffic crashes and local data analysis pointed to the same. It was clear, and continues to be clear that a concentrated focus needs to be directed to traffic safety.
Elements of Community Traffic Safety Programs
Resources to Help Start Your Community Traffic Safety Coalition
Every community is unique. There are literally dozens of activities that could be considered. Resources exist that share experiences of some of the traffic safety coalitions throughout the U.S. Available on a CD and online, the following materials and resources offer guidance on how to get started. They also document many of the outstanding achievements communities have made thus far.
The items listed below are available on the Startup ToolKit CD:
The Economic Costs of Motor Vehicle Crashes 2000
2013 Countermeasures That Work
Building a Coalition
- this guide helps communities and core groups navigate an established roadmap to successfully build a coalition. Your coalition helps prevent and reduce traffic-related injuries in your community. See the First Six Months.
Implementing a traffic safety coalition - is a time line for the development process that documents the inception of a traffic safety coalition by looking at the first three months, the first year, on to annual evaluations.