Highway Patrol - Highway Safety Office/Public Information and Education
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The mission of the Public Information and Education team is to share critical safety information and teach principles of prevention in traffic crashes in Utah
The Utah Department of Public Safety’s Highway Safety Office was created as a result of the U.S. Highway Safety Act of 1966, and it is the lead agency in Utah for behavioral change programs to reduce traffic crash-related deaths, serious injuries and property loss. Each year, Congress allocates funds to reduce the incidence of deaths and injuries on the nation’s highways through information, education and enforcement. The Highway Safety Office is the agency in Utah that applies for and manages the federal funds directed at these behavioral programs. Since 1969, the injury and fatal crash rates have steadily declined in Utah. This success can be attributed to using the funds for local and statewide traffic safety programs, increased enforcement activities, and increased awareness of traffic safety issues in local communities. Program focus areas include safe communities, occupant protection, impaired driving reduction, traffic records improvement, pedestrian and bicycle safety, emergency medical services, motorcycle safety, and police traffic services.
Some of the more visible statewide programs funded through the Highway Safety Office included: "Buckled or Busted" and later "Click It or Ticket" seat belt mobilizations, the "You Drink & Drive, You Lose." and later "Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest" impaired driving prevention campaigns, the Child Passenger Safety program to conduct child safety seat checkpoints statewide, the "Share the Road" program to encourage safer motorist interaction with motorcyclists and bicyclists, and the "Spot the Tot" program to prevent backing-up over children in driveways.
The Utah Highway Safety Office fosters continued improvements in traffic safety through close partnerships with local and state government and law enforcement agencies, along with a diverse group of coalitions and non-profit safety organizations. They have especially close relationships with Driver License Division, Utah Highway Patrol, other state agencies including the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Department of Health, and federal agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration.
This section has three (3) full time Troopers and 16 additional troopers who serve part time, in addition to their regular assignments throughout the state. The Utah Highway Safety Office/Public Information and Education provides Safety education to the public for the following:
- Bicycle Safety
- Pedestrian Safety
- Driving Tips
- Fatigue and Driving
- Impaired Driving
- Impaired Driving
- Motorcycle Safety
- Police Traffic Services
- Safety Restraints
- School Bus Safety
- Road Rage/Aggressive Driving
- The High School Adoption Program to educate students
- Seat Belt Convincer demonstrations