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TRAFFIC SAFETY

Motor vehicle crashes, including pedestrian and bicycle crashes, are among the leading causes of injury death in Dane County and the number one cause of death for 15-24 year olds. Speed, alcohol and failure to wear safety belts are preventable factors leading to motor vehicle deaths.

Dane County Traffic Safety Fatality Review

The Dane County Traffic Safety Commission is a group of multi-disciplinary safety professionals from across the county, including local law enforcement, court system, Dane County Highway, Traffic Engineering/Public Works in local communities, and other community partners (including Safe Communities, Public Health, UW Hospital Adult Injury Prevention Program, Safe Kids Coalition).

This group is mandated to meet quarterly and review traffic fatality data and discuss traffic safety issues in order to direct potential collaborative prevention work.

Traffic Safety Around Schools

Public Health Madison & Dane County, in collaboration with Dane County school districts and individual schools, local municipalities, Madison Area Safe Kids Coalition, Safe Communities, and Rideshare, etc. assists in advocating for improving traffic safety around schools and developing/implementing school traffic safety plans.

A number of school traffic safety plans have been developed with schools at several school districts across Dane County.

Traffic Safety Efforts in Local Neighborhoods or Communities

Public Health and Safe Communities have collaborated with local neighborhoods and communities to address traffic safety issues to make it safer (and reduce environmental barriers) for walking and biking in the neighborhood or community.

Traffic safety issues can be identified in the following ways:

Some neighborhood and community projects that have produced educational tools that include safe walking tips and recommended safe places to cross:

County-Wide Traffic Safety Efforts

Safe Communities has taken the lead on several collaborative projects to address the leading traffic safety issues:

To reduce speeding in your neighborhood, see Safe Communities Slow Down Campaign. Evaluation of this campaign (includes both yard signs and increased enforcement), showed a reduction in speed and people reported that they drove more cautiously and were more aware of children in the area where the yard signs were posted. See Slow Down Campaign Evaluation Report (PDF) for details.

For engineering solutions to calm traffic in Madison neighborhoods, see Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.

Key Contacts

(608) 266-4821