The mission of the FDOT District 2 Community Traffic Safety Program (CTSP) is to reduce traffic-related fatalities and injuries. Solving local problems with state assistance as we strive for the goal of Target Zero.
District 2 covers the Northeast Florida region. Our area includes the 18 counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, and Union. Major cities in the region include Jacksonville, Gainesville, St. Augustine, Lake City, Palatka, Perry, and Starke. District 2 is a major access gateway with connections throughout Florida and other states. We have an essential role in regional mobility and the state economy.
Highway safety is at its best when we address driver behavior, road conditions, and vehicle factors as interacting aspects of collision and injury prevention. Through events, ongoing education programs, and action projects. We combine resources to improve awareness and understanding of safety issues on a local level.
What Are Community Traffic Safety Teams (CTSTs)?
CTSTs are locally-based groups of highway safety advocates. We are committed to solving traffic safety problems through a comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary approach. Members include City, County, and State representatives as well as private industry and citizens. The common goal of each CTST is to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes within their community.
CTSTs are multi-disciplinary groups that integrate efforts of the four “E” disciplines of highway safety. These 4 E’s include Engineering, Education, Enforcement, and Emergency Medical Services. CTSTs help to solve local traffic safety problems related to drivers, vehicles, and roadways.
The Northeast Florida Community Traffic Safety Program is a volunteer organization sponsored by the FDOT. Team members work together to develop solutions. We commend our partners for their active participation and ongoing commitment to traffic safety in our 18-county district. We invite you to be a part of the solution! Please help us promote safety on our roadways and move toward zero fatalities. Interested in becoming a member? Contact TrafficSafetyTeam@dot.state.fl.us
About Us: The History of the Community Traffic Safety Program
For almost 30 years, community-based traffic safety programs have been effective in providing solutions to local crash problems. Community Traffic Safety Programs (CTSPs) are an outgrowth of the successful impaired driving and occupant protection programs of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Historically, CTSPs combined traffic safety strategies to address local problems. Such issues included impaired driving and infrequent use of child safety seats and belts. Citizen advocacy groups, law enforcement, businesses, health and education agencies, courts, and the media joined efforts. Coalitions formed with elected officials and community leaders to develop solutions to local traffic safety problems.
The first Corridor Traffic Safety Program in Florida , established in 1991 in Polk County to address roadway issues. The model expanded, and in 1994 NHTSA released a student manual outlining the “Corridor/Community Traffic Safety Programs” (CTSP). A program administered by an established unit in the community sustained over time that has public and private input. Participation in an action plan to solve one or more of the community’s traffic safety problems. The CTSP’s strengths include a multi-disciplinary approach with community input. This program is the result of NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) joining their formerly separate approaches. Click here for the original student manual PDF file.
History of Florida’s CTSTs
In 1994, the first CTST in Florida began in Alachua County, followed by Duval in 1995. In 1997, we expanded to encompass St. Johns and two rural multi-county teams. Clay and Nassau teams established in the early 2000s.
CTSTs in Northeast Florida address safety through education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency services. All of which add to the richness of each team and allow broad collaboration in solving local traffic safety problems. Our CTSP has been recognized by numerous national organizations for outstanding traffic safety programs under Andrea Atran’s direction. Some of them include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the AAA Auto Club South, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and Davis Productivity awards.