Safe Communities

Funded by the Governors Office of Highway Safety with an overall goal to raise awareness of safe driving behaviors and prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities, Cobb Safe Communities is a highway safety program that addresses various driving issues for middle and high school students, senior citizens and businesses.  The Cobb Safe Communities program delivers:

  • Safe driving presentations to middle schools and high schools.
  • Seat belt checks at various high schools around the community.
  • Lunch and Learn programs at local businesses on traffic safety topics.
  • “Car Smarts” programs for senior citizens.
During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) renewed the Cobb Safe Community Grant – for the 10th consecutive year – with Safe America. The grant’s purpose is to provide Cobb County with free educational safe driving programs and services by Safe America.

This $62,200 grant allows Safe America to provide the following programs: SafeTeen Georgia teen driving assemblies in middle and high schools, SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy, Scooter Ed, Car Smarts for Senior Citizens, and Lunch and Learn programs for businesses.

The Cobb Safe Community grant allows Safe America to provide various activities. These activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Educating middle school and high school students about the consequences of unsafe driving practices.
  • Promoting the formation of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) chapters in Cobb County high schools.
  • Informing Cobb County corporate and civic organizations on the causes of traffic injuries and fatalities.
  • Educating Cobb senior citizens on the increased risk of traffic accidents associated with aging.  This program cover defensive driving tips, personal safety and car maintenance.
  • Working with Cobb County law enforcement agencies on traffic enforcement projects, such as "Click it or Ticket" and "Operation Zero Tolerance".

More specifically, the Safe America Foundation has accomplished providing the following programs and events through the grant:
  • Assemblies highlighting safe driving in four Cobb County middle schools and eight Cobb County high schools.
  • Seatbelt checks at all Cobb County high schools.
  • Seminars focused on the assessment and enhancement of driving skills for senior citizens at six Cobb senior citizen centers.
  • Six corporate lunch and learn programs on highway safety to Cobb companies.
  • The SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy program at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which notably attracted over 1,000 parents and teens.