The membership of each task force is developed as issues and their related experts, funding, resources, policy makers, and stakeholders are identified.

The Statewide Traffic Records Advisory Committee (STRAC) was organized in June 1994 and is now an SMS standing subcommittee. It conducts strategic planning including the requirements for Section 411 funding, and it collaborates with Iowa's National Model for transportation safety data, supported in part by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). (The State of Iowa was recently awarded the National Partnership for Reinventing Government Hammer Award for major re-invention in collecting, transmitting and managing highway safety data in Iowa.)

The Speed Limit Task Force began its work in 1996. The task force continues to produce annual comprehensive summaries of speed-related crash data and risk assessment related to speed limits for use by local emergency providers and the central highway authority.

Local multi-disciplinary traffic safety groups operate under the umbrella of SMS and the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) in several Iowa communities. This grass roots network of local problem identification and problem solving can be enhanced with SMS resources for targeted projects, and effective solutions can be replicated in other Iowa communities, thereby multiplying the success of local initiatives.

The Access Management Task Force launched a statewide study of the effectiveness of access management techniques and a program to educate project decision makers and business owners on the benefits and economic impacts of access management. (Resources will be published in 2000.)

The Emergency Medical Services Task Force was formed when an SMS member identified highway construction as a disruption to dispatch patterns. The results of their study help facilitate planning, communication, and understanding between local emergency providers and the central highway authority. The Emergency Response Information System (ERIS) is underway to add fire, rescue, and EMS response areas to Iowa's safety data Geographic Information System (GIS) to enhance communication among hundreds of urban and rural response agencies and with other segments of Iowa's SMS.

The Red Light Running Task Force is studying the use of automated enforcement of traffic signal violations in Iowa. Local traffic safety organizations and law enforcement agencies are key members of this group. Their findings will be released soon.

The Iowa Traffic Control and Safety Association (ITCSA) and SMS help support education efforts and conferences for members of both groups and other Iowa transportation safety individuals.

The Pavement Marking Visibility for Older Drivers study assessed the effectiveness of improved highway markings for older drivers.

The Older Drivers Task Force formed with representatives from a number of public and private entities and stakeholder groups to address sustaining competent driving, highway engineering accommodations, and related transportation concerns for Iowa's aging population. Entering the year 2000, Iowa has a growing number older drivers and an increasing need for policy and strategies to safely accommodate their transportation needs on Iowa roadways.

The "Smart Wheeler" Bicycle Safety Curriculum Pilot Project developed and placed curriculum for bicycle safety and helmet promotion in 38 Iowa school PE programs through a partnership with the Iowa Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) "Smart Wheeler" has applied for permanent funding through DOT's Project Planning.

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