Safe communities help transportation safety issues
The U.S. Department of Transportation has made a clear commitment to the philosophy that communities are in the best position to affect improvements in motor vehicle and other transportation-related safety problems. We know that when a community takes ownership of an issue change happens.
The Safe Communities approach represents
a new way community programs are established and managed.
All partners participate as equals in developing solutions,
sharing successes, assuming risks, and building a structure
and process to continue improvement of community life through
the reduction of injuries and costs.
A Safe Community expands resources
and partnerships, increases program visibility and establishes
community ownership and support for transportation injury
prevention programs. As the Safe Community concept addresses
all injuries, transportation and traffic safety becomes
positioned within the entire injury problem.
In addition, the Safe Communities approach emphasizes the need to involve the medical, acute care and rehabilitation communities. These groups need to be actively engaged as integral partners in preventing injuries.
Four main characteristics define Safe Communities:
Injury data analysis and (where possible) data linkage
Expanded partnerships, especially with health care providers and businesses
Citizen involvement and input
An integrated and comprehensive injury control system
The Safe Community approach provides exciting opportunities for transportation safety programs, as well as many payoffs for safety and injury control advocates as we move forward and focus on reducing injuries and saving health care costs.
Because it wouldn't hurt to live in a Safe Community, contact the Safe Communities Service Center for more information.
(Source: US Department of Transportation)