Florida CTST District 7 Walk Wise Workshop
Administrative Processes Provide Guidance to Successful Roadmap
Traffic safety practitioners have identified processes and activities that can help communities build strong and sustainable traffic safety coalitions.
Processes at the administrative level will help identify stakeholders, volunteers, funding types, local data (geographic, demographic, injury and cost), and other resources.
Activities are tried-and-true best practices from the field for all NHTSA's traffic safety programs. Together these processes and activities help to expedite a community's buy-in and ownership of local problems needed to create successful countermeasures to mitigate traffic-related injuries
- see Activities.
Building a Coalition
Invite community coalition/task force of public and private partners (should include citizens, government officials, law enforcement, public works, business, education, medical, health professionals, and others) interested in traffic safety who have input into program planning and implementation activities.
Data and Analysis
Develop community level data, cost analysis and program assessment of community traffic and other safety problems.
Identify Key Stakeholders
Garner active participation and commitment of top community officials.
Develop a Traffic Safety Plan
Provide families, friends, healthcare providers, law enforcement personnel and community and social services with information to assist older adults whose capabilities make them potentially unsafe to drive.
Create a Calendar of Events
Develop a traffic safety events calendar that promotes diverse coalition support for traffic safety programs through public information activity.
Develop a Community Assessment
Develop a community assessment analysis generated from databases that include unintentional injury, traffic fatal and injury crashes, high hazard locations, emergency department and hospital discharge data files, insurance claim data when available, initial/periodic crash cost analysis and program assessments.
Policy and Legislation - Penalty assessment for motor vehicle violations, cost recovery program for the cost of emergency response and a surcharge on alcohol sales to fund local DWI programs.
Develop a Program Evaluation Plan
Implement annual progress reports to the community on program achievements.
Overall Evaluation - Review total motor vehicle fatal and injury crashes and total motor vehicle fatalities and injuries.
Individual Countermeasure Activity Areas - Alcohol related fatalities and injuries (all ages); Percent of drivers 15-19 (representative of teen age group) in fatal and injury crashes who had been drinking or using other drugs; Safety belt use percentage in fatalities and injuries (all ages); Child safety seat usage in fatalities and injuries for children 0-4; Motorcycle helmet use in fatal and injury crashes; Observational survey data for safety belt, child safety seat and motorcycle helmet usage; Pedestrian fatalities and injuries in intersections and crosswalks; Bicycle fatalities and injuries by age and helmet usage; Number of Hit and Run crashes; Number of crashes of drivers unlicensed, suspended or revoked; Number of crashes with roadside fixed objects; Number of fatal and injury crashes at railroad grade crossings; Number of fatal and injury run-off-the road crashes.
Evaluate Community Traffic Safety Project Cost
A cost benefit analysis should be performed by communities successful in showing impact in the program areas addressed in their community traffic safety coalition. A useful publication is "The Economic Costs of Motor Vehicle Crashes."