CALIFORNIA
Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN)
in Santa Clara County

 

PROJECT CHARACTERISTICS PROGRAM AREA(S)
  Outstanding collaborative effort   Safe Communities
Injury Prevention
       
TYPE OF JURISDICTION    
  County    
       
TARGETED POPULATION(S) JURISDICTION SIZE
  General Population   1,700,000


PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION
In Santa Clara County, California, during 1997, 104 residents died and 9,785 were injured as a result of traffic crashes. The economic loss from these crashes totaled $510.3 million. Statewide data for 1997 also indicated a high incidence of underage impaired driving. Committees formed to study Santa Clara County's traffic safety issues, identified five problem areas that required particular attention: data analysis, alcohol and impaired driving, bicycle and pedestrian safety, stop sign/red light running and child passenger safety.


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
To address the county's serious traffic safety problems, professionals from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department developed the Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN) in Santa Clara County project in 1998. The goal of the program was to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage caused by traffic crashes. Specific objectives of the Network's efforts included the following:

  • To design a comprehensive, countywide traffic safety plan
  • To build a coalition of businesses and residents who are concerned about traffic safety
  • To target alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes
  • To promote bicycle and pedestrian safety
  • To encourage increased use of child safety seats
  • To develop programs aimed at aggressive driving and red light/stop sign violations


STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department developed the TSCN in Santa Clara County in two phases:

  • The start-up phase involved the formation of six Planning Committees to study the traffic safety needs in the county, and create a strategic plan for reducing traffic safety problems. A needs assessment was used to poll groups interested in, or involved in traffic safety issues, as a way to identify the most serious problem areas and gaps in services. Using results from the needs assessment, committee members formulated goals, objectives and action plans for each area identified
  • The implementation phase replaced the Planning Committees with action-oriented Work Groups. These Work Groups developed a mini-grant program to fund innovative traffic safety programs and expand existing programs. Seventeen one-year grants of up to $25,000 each were awarded for start-up, maintenance, or expansion of prevention and intervention projects. Grantees, and more than fifty other organizations were formed into the Traffic Safe Communities Network, through which members strengthen their individual programs by sharing information on traffic safety best practices

In June 2000, program administrators will activate a second wave of mini-grants to meet the demand for additional funds from non-traditional stakeholders such as small neighborhood groups, advocacy organizations, and hard-to-reach diverse communities.


RESULTS
Although county traffic crash data for 1998 are not currently available, grantees indicate positive results in meeting program goals.

 

FUNDING
  Section 402: (5 years)
County:
$1,200,000
$34,000
CONTACT  
 

Paul Gratz, Project Coordinator
Traffic Safe Communities Network in Santa Clara
County Santa Clara County Public Health Department
645 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 8852204



NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

SPRING 2000