The Safe Communities Program is dedicated to traffic safety in counties throughout the southeast Missouri area. The program is based in the Cape Girardeau Police Department, located at 40 South Sprigg Street.
The program teaches the value of wearing a seat belt wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle and child passenger safety. The program also contacts car dealerships about elderly driver safety and provides alcohol serving and identification training.
The program visits high schools in southeast Missouri to extol virtues of seat belt safety, including holding a competition, known as “Battle of the Belt”, between schools to see which one has to highest rate of seat belt usage among students. The program focuses on high schools, especially those that have a below 50 percent seat belt usage among students.
Safe Communities initiated the Walking School Bus program in Cape Girardeau. Community volunteers ensure children make it to school safely by walking safe routes to school. The program is being implemented by volunteers whose children attend Alma Schrader Elementary School, Clippard School and Franklin Elementary School.
Safe Communities also works with the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety. Focusing on 14 counties in southeast Missouri, Safe Communities assists in providing seat belt surveys and hosting a car seat inspection station, they will check seats that are currently installed and will assist in correctly installing those that are not.