Safe Communities of GA

Safe Communities: Reducing Traffic Injuries in Georgia

Safe Communities is a model used by communities all across the country to identify and address local injury problems. Safe Communities is founded on the goal of reducing traffic injuries and is dependent upon a diverse group of partners for success. Safe Communities has four defining characteristics: data linkage, expanded partnerships, citizen involvement and comprehensive injury control programs. GOHS is proud to sponsor this worthwhile organization throughout Georgia.

For more information on setting up a Safe Communities chapter in your area, call 404-656-6996.

Data Linkage

Injury and cost data are critical to a Safe Community program, because addressing traffic-related injuries suggests that not only fatalities are reduced but injuries and health costs as well. Health departments, hospitals, emergency medical services providers, businesses and insurance companies become sources for understanding the magnitude and consequences of traffic injuries and monitoring progress in reducing the problem.

Expanded Partnerships

Safe Community programs draw upon new partnerships. The Safe Community Coalition will include traditional traffic safety partners such as law enforcement, local government and schools. Non-traditional partners would include the medical disciplines and others.

Citizen Involvement

Safe Community programs provide opportunities for citizen involvement. Citizens may voice concerns about potential injury problems and request that the Safe Community group help them assess and identify problems.

Comprehensive Injury Control Program

Safe Community programs use an integrated and comprehensive injury control system incorporating prevention, acute care and rehabilitation in addressing community injury problems.

A Look at Georgia Safe Communities

Albany Safe Communities

Albany Safe Communities is administered through the Traffic Division of the City of Albany’s Engineering Department. The mission of Albany Safe Communities is to improve the safety of the community through traffic crash injury and fatality reduction. The mission is promoted through community mobilizations, public education and by providing full support to law enforcement efforts directed at traffic compliance. Albany Safe Communities spearheads or participates in a number of traffic safety projects, events and campaigns. The board members of Albany Safe Communities believe that education, engineering, and enforcement are critical to improving the safety of Georgia’s motoring public.

To learn more about Albany Safe Communities, visit them on the web at: http://www.albany.ga.us/content/1798/2879/2953/3222/default.aspx

Cobb Safe Communities

Cobb Safe Communities uses creative messaging, informational programs and strategic partnerships through the Safe America Foundation to achieve the goal of having a positive impact on crashes, injuries and fatalities. Since 2003, Safe America (a nonprofit foundation) has accomplished this goal with community partnerships in academia, law enforcement, corporate sponsors and the media. SafeTeen Georgia is a hallmark program that reaches thousands of teens each year, from middle through high school-age and their parents, teaching driving behaviors that reduce the risks of having a crash.

Safe America coordinates with juvenile traffic court judges, DUI offenders and crash victims to speak at safe teen driving presentations at four middle schools and eight high schools each year. This is followed with unannounced seat belt checks at Cobb high schools prior to the prom and spring break season. An annual event, the Safe Teen Georgia Driving Academy, is held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for teens and their parents. This is a full day of educational information and activities promoting safe driving. Safe America organizes multiple community and corporate partners for this event, including 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Atlanta Medical Center, WSB-TV, FISH Radio and law enforcement from eight counties. Topics covered include TADRA laws, distracted driving, impaired driving, car maintenance and interactive demonstrations simulating distracted and impaired driving, as well as a trauma situation. Cobb Safe Communities also reaches out to businesses and senior centers to educate adults about safe driving, the causes of crashes, costs to employers and driving challenges that senior citizens face. Health & Safety Fairs are another form of outreach for this program into the community.

To find out more about Cobb Safe Communities, visit them on the web at www.safeamericadrivers.org.

Columbus Safe Communities

Columbus Safe Communities is unique because it operates under the umbrella of a nonprofit organization. The Urban League of Greater Columbus is a multicultural community service agency committed to assuring equality of opportunity for all citizens of the greater Columbus area. Columbus Safe Communities has formed a strong collaborative made up of agencies, including the Columbus Police Department, SAFE Kids of Georgia Columbus Coalition, Columbus Consolidated Government, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Columbus Regional Medical Center, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, State Farm Insurance, Columbus Health Department, Fire Department, EMS and the Muscogee County School District and Drug Free Schools. The strong collaborative has allowed this program to reach approximately 10,000 school-aged students. 

Fulton Safe Communities

Fulton Safe Communities' primary focus is to increase the safety belt usage rate among children 4 – 8 years of age and reduce teen fatalities and injuries as a result of motor vehicle crashes. A strong focus of this program is educating parents on the importance of buckling up by targeting elementary /high schools and churches and community leaders; issuing free booster seats to under-served communities throughout the county and coalition-building to assess the traffic concerns of the community and enforcement.

To learn more about Fulton Safe Communities, call 404-730-1377.

DeKalb Safe Communities

DeKalb Safe Communities has a wide-ranging focus with workgroups addressing pedestrian safety, road redesign, driver behavior and cata collection and analysis. The primary focus of the Safe Communities dealing with pedestrian safety include maintaining a database on all pedestrian-related incidents in the county, holding Walk Your Child to School events and conducting an assessment of issues of pedestrian safety around all area schools and raising awareness of pedestrian safety concerns in the Buford Highway area. In addition, this program provides monthly child passenger safety classes at the Health Department.

Learn more about Dekalb Safe Communities by visiting them ont he web at: http://www.dekalbhealth.net/hap/oip/safe-communities-of-dekalb/