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Speaking with One Voice

When we speak with one voice, we can help make the Delaware Valley a safer place.

As we work toward implementing the strategies outlined in the 2012 Safety Action Plan, effective communication plays an important role. Using consistent, focused messaging and branding when promoting safety education and/or enforcement campaigns can help promote changes to social norms over the long-term.

Social change doesn't happen overnight - it takes years of driving the message home. People tend to only process a few pieces of information at a time; repetition helps us remember important messages. Examples such as the successful reduction of drinking and driving fatalities (estimated 383,000 lives saved since MADD was founded in 1980), or the increase in seat belt usage (20 percent increase in seat belt use from 2000 to 2006 with the "Click it or ticket" campaign), illustrate the power of consistent communication over time to bring about change.

For most of the seven Emphasis Areas in the 2012 Safety Action Plan there are established "tag lines" associated with local or national campaigns. (The two emphasis areas more oriented to engineering improvements, Keep Vehicles on the Roadway, and Improve Intersections, are not listed.) Below, some of the most prominent for each Emphasis Area from the Plan are listed.

Curb Aggressive Driving

"Obey the signs or pay the fines."

Reduce Impaired and Distracted Driving

"Over the limit, under arrest."
"Phone in one hand, Ticket in the other."
"Hang up! Just drive."
"Hands free is not risk free."
"On road, off phone."

For more on distracted driving, including some sample cell phone policies, please see the following resources:

New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (NJDHTS) Sample Cell Phone Use Policy For Businesses

Sustain Safe Senior Mobility

"Driving safely while aging gracefully"

Increase Seatbelt Usage

"Click it or ticket"
"Seat belts save lives!"

Ensure Pedestrian Safety

Other

"Share the road with motorcycles." (NJ - Motorcycle Safety)
http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/motorcycle
"Live free, ride alive." (PA - Motorcycle Safety)
http://www.drivesafepa.org/Traffic-Safety-Information-Center/Motorcycle-Safety/
"Move over. It's the law!" (NJ)
http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/move-over-law/
"Got your decals?" (NJ - Teen driving)
http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/downloads/GDL_Changes_Palm_Card.pdf
"Don't drive stupid." (NJ - Teen driving)
http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/dont-drive-stupid_resources.html
DDS Program Points

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