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About Florida’s CTSTs
For more than 20 years, community-based traffic safety programs have been effective in providing solutions to local crash problems. Community Traffic Safety Programs (CTSP) 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 as 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 by forming coalitions with elected officials and community leaders to develop solutions to local traffic safety problems.
The first CTST in Florida was formed in 1991 in Polk County to address roadway issues on the Florida Avenue corridor. The model expanded, and by 1994 there were 15 CTSTs in Florida formed to address community issues.
FDOT District 2 (Northeast Florida) CTSP
In 1994, the first CTST in District 2 (Northeast Florida) was formed in Alachua County, followed by Duval in 1995. The District 2 CTSP has been recognized by numerous national organizations including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the AAA Auto Club South, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and Davis Productivity for outstanding traffic safety programs under Andrea Atran’s direction.
Today, 62 CTSTs in 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 the solving of local traffic safety problems.