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Local Safety Program

SJTPO’s Local Safety Program is unique in its dual focus on infrastructure improvements and behavior. In recent years, SJTPO has engaged in a number of activities to strengthen our program in both areas.

Traffic Safety Outreach and Education Program
  For many years, SJTPO has had a robust behavioral focus, with a strong emphasis on safety education. SJTPO collaborates with a number of organizations on programs that address different facets of safety. Outreach and Education
  SJTPO has been heavily involved with Share the Keys, a high school program that works to educate parents and encourages active involvement with their new teen drivers. Belts on Bones is a fun program, designed for early elementary school students, that teaches the importance of proper seat belt use. This same program has been modified to incorporate school bus safety, known as Belts, Bones, and Buses. In addition, SJTPO has developed its own safety programs, one such program is Most Dangerous Places, a high school initiative that presents the real risks of unsafe driving practices and occupant protections, the safety features of their vehicles, and touches on defensive driving tactics. Another SJTPO-developed program, Car Crashes, It’s Just Physics, teaches students about the crash dynamics and the physical impact of crashes on the body.
  For more information, check out the Safety Outreach and Education page >>

Safety Infrastructure Improvement Program
  For the infrastructure component, work has been to develop a robust, yet intuitive, project application process. SJTPO’s Local Safety Program will generate safety infrastructure projects by guiding applicants through a five-step process: selecting a location; identifying the problem; determining an appropriate safety improvement; measuring its effectiveness, and checking for barriers to implementation. Safety Infrastructure Improvement Program
  The Local Safety Program leverages federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding, which was continued as a core Federal-aid program in the current new transportation reauthorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Its purpose is to achieve a significant reduction in fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. This includes roadways not on the federal aid system, regardless of ownership. The HSIP emphasizes a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety.
  For more information or to apply for HSIP funding, check out the Safety Infrastructure page >>

Toward Zero Deaths (TZD)
  Toward Zero Deaths was developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). TZD is based on the principle that even one traffic death is unacceptable. The national strategy is data driven and focuses on identifying and creating opportunities for changing our highway safety culture. Toward Zero Deaths provides tools that national, state, and local safety partners and stakeholders can use to develop their safety plans. Toward Zero Deaths
  Officially adopted as New Jersey’s safety vision, TZD will guide all traffic safety activities in New Jersey. SJTPO has had a long-standing commitment to traffic safety, as an early adopter of an award-winning Road Safety Audit Program, the first MPO in New Jersey to use of the Highway Safety Manual (HMS) to determine the benefit of a safety improvement, and through the development of a robust Traffic Safety Outreach and Education Program, dating back to 1998.

Safety Related Products
  Safety Trend Reports (April 2011)
  > Crashes
  > Drivers
  > Occupants
  > Vehicles
  > Pedestrians
  Seat Belt Surveys:
  > 2013 Seat Belt Survey (June 2013)
  > 2012 Seat Belt Survey, Part 2 (June 2012)
  > 2012 Seat Belt Survey, Part 1 (February 2012)
  > 2011 Seat Belt Survey (June 2011)
  > 2010 Seat Belt Survey (June 2010)
  > 2009 Seat Belt Survey (June 2009)
  > 2008 Seat Belt Survey (June 2008)
  > 2007 Seat Belt Survey (June 2007)
  > 2006 Seat Belt Survey (July 2006)

Other Safety Resources
  New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (or click below for a specific topic)
  Auto Bicycle Pedestrian Child Occupant Impared Crash  
  Automobiles Bicycle Pedestrians Child Safety Seat Belt Laws Alcohol Crashes - Safety Resources from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
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