State Safety Office
COMMUNITY TRAFFIC SAFETY TEAMS
Community Traffic Safety Teams (CTSTs) are locally based groups of highway safety advocates that are committed to a common goal of improving traffic safety in their communities.
CTSTs are multi-jurisdictional, with members from city, county, state, and occasionally federal agencies, as well as private industry representatives and local citizens. CTST boundaries are determined by the organizations comprising the team and can be a city, a portion of a county, an entire county, multiple counties, or any other jurisdictional arrangement.
Integrating the efforts of the 4 "E" disciplines that work in highway safety, (Engineering, Enforcement, Education/Public Information, and Emergency Services) is also encouraged. By working together with interested citizens and other traffic safety advocates within their communities, the CTSTs help to solve local traffic safety problems and promote public awareness of traffic safety best practices through campaigns that educate drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists about the rules of the road.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) provides the CTSTs in each FDOT District with public information and educational materials to address traffic safety problems affecting their local communities. Each FDOT District has a full-time CTST Coordinator who works closely with the CTSTs in their geographic area. In addition, the State Safety Office has a Statewide CTST Coordinator who serves as a Central Office liaison to the District Coordinators.
The idea for a Statewide CTST Coalition came to fruition during the latter part of 1994, as the number of teams in the state began to grow and numerous safety activities and events were being conducted, the idea of forming a Coalition of all the CTSTs was discussed. The Coalition would provide a forum in which to coordinate efforts, provide opportunities to learn from other CTSTs, share successful program ideas and reduce duplication among the teams.
On April 4, 1995, the inaugural meeting was held and since it's inception, the Statewide CTST Coalition has matured in its ability to affect positive outcomes by initiating statewide safety campaigns. The CTST Coalition holds regular meetings to facilitate the sharing of safety programs, ideas and materials to communities statewide.
Please contact your local CTST Coordinator for more information on Community Traffic Safety Teams in your community.
For more information contact Leilani Gruener @ (850) 414-4048
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