Saturday, March 3, 2012

SRTS Programs That Reduce Speeding and Distracted Driving

reposted from National Center for Safe Routes to School:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (February 16, 2012) – To highlight the visible results gained by communities and to provide examples of how successful SRTS programs have tracked progress, the National Center for Safe Routes to School has developed a three-part series of Getting Results resources. "Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Speeding and Distracted Driving," the second installment of the three-part series, was released today.

"Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Speeding and Distracted Driving" focuses on how Safe Routes to School programs in Brattleboro, Vt.; Greenville, N.C.; Rockville, Md.; Washington, D.C.; and Alexandria, Va., measured success in reducing the numbers of speeding cars and distracted drivers. The program leaders used a variety of activities to decrease dangerous driving behavior, including installing or upgrading pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, enforcing speed and distracted driving laws and conducting public information campaigns.

The resource offers tips such as: SRTS programs that aim to reduce speeding and distracted driving should take a baseline measurement of the targeted behavior before implementing any strategic changes so that it can be compared to behavior once those efforts are underway or complete.

View the complete resource at

The first piece, “Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Traffic,” shows that SRTS programs in Utah, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, Vermont and California measured success after using a variety of traffic reduction strategies. The third installment in the series, which will explore increased student participation in walking and bicycling, will be released in the following months on the National Center’s website.

1 comment:

  1. Speeding or distracted drivers can be stopped only if we raise the penalties. A driver that is afraid to speed because he could get a ticket and spend half of his salary to pay it will definitely think twice before exceeding the limit. But right now these penalties are very law and a driver doesn't care if the gets caught once or twice.
    This is the reason why the number of speeding tickets Toronto in still high even if cops tried a similar action to reduce their number.