Office of Injury Prevention

Safe Communites of DeKalb

Safe Communities of DeKalb is led by the DeKalb County Board of Health and is supported by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Safe Communities is a model used by communities all across the country to identify and address local injury problems. It promotes injury prevention at the local level to solve local highway and traffic safety problems. Safe Communities are grounded in two basic principles. They are founded on the goal of reducing traffic injuries and are dependent upon a diverse group of partners for their success.

Safe Communities of DeKalb has a wide-ranging focus that addresses Pedestrian Safety, Road Redesign, Driver Behavior and Data Collection and Analysis. Two of the primary focus areas of Safe Communities are Pedestrian and Child Passenger Safety.

Safe Communities of DeKalb strives to address the following:

 

  • Increasing students awareness of the dangers of operating a vehicle impaired
  • Educating elementary school students about the safest way to ride in a vehicle
  • Educating parents, caregivers, grandparents and the community about child passenger safety
  • Increasing community awareness of pedestrian safety issues
  • Enhancing communication between agencies responsible for traffic safety issues and
  • Increasing community awareness and support for motor vehicle and pedestrian focused legislation

Safe Communities consists of a comprehensive and diverse community-based group with
representation from:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Safety
  • Civic & Advocacy Groups
  • Concerned Citizens
  • Health Care Providers
  • Fire & Rescue
  • Employers-various agencies
  • Media
  • Local Businesses
  • Schools
  • Legal System
  • Transportation Engineers
  • Local Government

 

 

If you would like more information on becoming involved with Safe Communities of DeKalb or have questions about how to become part of Safe Communities safety coalition, contact Denika Lomax, Safe Communities Coordinator, DeKalb County Board of Health, phone: 404-508-7884 or email drlomax@dhr.state.ga.us