The Pinellas CTST held its kickoff meeting on August 29, 1995 and covers Pinellas County and the cities of St. Petersburg, Largo, Clearwater, and Pinellas Park. The team began as a Coalition Against Drunk Driving that met at the Suncoast Safety Council and was expanded to the Pinellas Community Traffic Safety Team. Some of the original members are still members today.
The Pinellas CTST has the distinction of being named “CTST of the Year” in 2004 and 2005. The team’s multi-disciplinary approach helps each team member overcome hurdles by working together to obtain a common goal of making our roadways safer within the community.
The Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is a multi-disciplined Federal, State and local government endorsed program developed to reduce the number of traffic crashes that occur on Florida roadways. The program is managed by the Florida Department of Transportation and supported by a wide range of community partners, such as: cities, counties, law enforcement, first responders, school districts, St. Joseph’s Hospital Wellness and Safety Center, John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, Safe Kids, health care advocacy groups, MADD, Tampa Alcohol Coalition, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), and more.
The members of the committees work towards this goal by addressing the Four Es: