The District 12-0 Community Traffic Safety Project (Southwest Regional Traffic Safety Network) is a federally funded grant program through the PA Department of Transportation with the City of Washington and the Highway Safety Network. The project goals are to increase seat belt use rates and raise public awareness about highway safety issues in the PennDOT District 12-0 counties of Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland through education, targeted enforcement campaigns and judicial support. The top three highway safety focus areas are Occupant Protection, DUI and Aggressive Driving with secondary emphasis on Motorcycle, Older Driver, Younger Driver, Pedestrian Safety and Heavy Truck issues.
PennDOT has established a goal to reduce the motor vehicle fatalities in Pennsylvania. As a part of this comprehensive plan, the Southwest Regional Traffic Safety Network works toward the goals established by PennDOT to reduce crashes and fatalities in our region. The Comprehensive Highway Safety Improvement Plan addresses safe driving performance through education, awareness and enforcement. The Southwest Regional Traffic Safety Network’s goal is designed to specifically assist Pennsylvania’s safety strategy efforts by achieving this fatality reduction.
Enforcing traffic safety laws is one of our most important responsibilities. It’s not just about enforcing laws, it’s about saving lives. Effective law enforcement not only improves the quality of life in our communities, it protects the lives of our children. Statistics shows that encouraging safe driving practices can potentially save more lives than reducing violent crime. Several programs are available to assist Law Enforcement Agencies with their educational efforts. Training and materials are available through the Southwest Regional Traffic Safety Network Office.