According to the 2010 Santa Clara County Health Profile Report, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death due to unintentional injuries, many of which are predictable and preventable. In 2014, the California Highway Patrol reported 6,589 crashes that resulted in 108 deaths and 8,657 injuries in the County. To address traffic safety challenges in the county, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department coordinates the Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN). A unique collaborative of traffic safety stakeholders, including includes representatives from the following areas: law enforcement, engineering, public health, injury prevention, elected officials, education, judicial system, emergency medical services, bicycle and pedestrian safety advocacy groups, and other interested community organizations. The combined efforts of TSCN’s members have generated innovative projects that have contributed to the countywide reduction in motor vehicle crashes and improvements in bicycle and pedestrian safety.
Under the leadership of the County’s Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody, and County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, TSCN strives to prevent and control traffic-related fatalities and injuries as well as save healthcare and property costs through research-based best practice approaches. Funding support for projects is provided by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety
, and others.
TSCN’s current focus areas are:
To learn more about the Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention and other related efforts, please contact:
Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention