Westchester County Traffic Safety office, under the Department of Public Works, provides traffic safety programs to the public through the Community Traffic Safety Program. This program is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a Grant from the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
The goal of the Community Traffic Safety Program is to educate the public and promote safe driving behaviors in order to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.
Traffic safety topics:
- Driver Safety (including the prevention of distracted, aggressive and drowsy driving)
- Occupant restraints
- Child safety seats
- Bicycle safety
- Pedestrian safety
- School bus safety
Traffic safety events and campaigns:
- The County offers educational traffic safety programs for schools, camps, libraries, corporations, community groups and senior citizen organizations.
- Traffic Safety has teamed up with the County Executive's office and NYSP Troop K Headquarters to create the "Save Your Face, Click it or Ticket Westchester" teen seat belt program.
- This office works with SADD students to coordinate teen seat belt surveys and ticket contest.
- The County's Bicycle Advocates Committee sponsors an annual Bicycle Safety Poster contest each May. The winners are awarded prizes at a ceremony, which kicks off Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway.
- Traffic Safety donates traffic safety materials to community safety events and health fairs.
- Traffic Safety displays are set up at health fairs such as the WHUD Kids Fair and the Salute to Seniors fair.
- The office works with local agencies including police departments and schools to promote traffic safety programs and to address traffic safety issues.
- Traffic Safety promotes safety campaigns such as, Buckle Up America, Child Passenger Safety, Back to School Week, Drowsy Driving Awareness Week and Aggressive Driving Prevention Week.
- Through the cooperation of the Westchester County Traffic Safety Board, a group of volunteers with an interest in promoting traffic safety programs, task forces are developed to devote time to specific issues.
- The office assists with the distribution of child safety seats and provides information on child safety seat inspections.
- The office works with local police departments on many projects and funds selective traffic safety enforcement campaigns.
- The office works with the legislative branch to promote traffic safety legislation.