MTSC's Guiding Principles
The mission of the Maine Transportation Safety Coalition (MTSC) is to
promote safe transportation in Maine. In promoting safe transportation
throughout our state, it is necessary for the MTSC members
to share common beliefs and agree on basic principles. As such,
We the members of the Maine Transportation Safety Coalition,
A Multi-Faceted Approach is Key to Addressing
Transportation Safety in Maine
- The MTSC believes that using a combination of intervention strategies
aimed at education, enforcement, engineering, emergency medical
services, encouragement and legislation can best solve the transportation
problems in Maine. We support effective communication, coordination,
and cooperation in combining these strategies to develop effective
Quality Service is Critical to Our Success
- The MTSC was formed to promote safe transportation in Maine and
to serve as a transportation safety resource for the State of
Maine. For the MTSC to effectively accomplish this goal, it is
critical to provide quality service to all of our customers.
MTSC members agree that timely and quality information and assistance
will be provided to all those who contact the MTSC.
All Members Should Be Actively Involved in Coalition Activities
- The success of the MTSC is based on its diverse membership. Agencies,
organizations and companies representing a wide array of transportation
modes and transportation safety disciplines uniquely represent
the MTSC. Therefore, it is critical that all members provide
input and become actively involved in MTSC activities.
- MTSC members agree that their participation, input, and feedback
is instrumental in all MTSC activities. Therefore, members agree
to participate to the fullest extent possible. When participation
cannot be in the form of performing specific activities, or attendance
at meetings, members will at least provide input and feedback
to ensure we are adequately representing all members of the
Coalition and reaching the largest possible target audience.
The "Safe Communities" Model is a Key Strategy to Reducing Transportation
Related Injuries and Deaths
- The problem of transportation-related injuries and death can
best be addressed at the local level. Therefore, the MTSC endorses
the Safe Communities Model that is endorsed and promoted by the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Definition: A Safe Community is a community that promotes injury
prevention activities at the local level to solve local transportation
safety problems, in conjunction with other injury problems. The
concept uses a 'bottom up" approach and involves citizens in
addressing key injury problems. A community is any group,
organization, or formal district that defines itself
as a community.
- While the MTSC is focused on transportation safety, the MTSC
should work with, and support, all community-based efforts to
reduce injuries and fatalities. Working together to accomplish
a common goal is a founding principle of the Coalition and is
one of the basic premises of a Safe Community.
- Vision: Our vision for the future is to ensure that every community
in Maine is a Safe Community.
A Crash is Not an Accident
- The MTSC will be consistent with Federal terminology in referring
to crashes. Terminologies such as "crash", "collision", "incident" and
"injury" are preferred alternatives to the word "accident". MTSC members
agree to use the appropriate terminology in published materials, in
speeches or other statements or in communication with the media and
MTSC members will also work to encourage State transportation
officials, and others, to limit the use of the term "accident" and use the
more appropriate terminology.
- The MTSC agrees to this terminology since the use of the word
"accident" fosters the idea that the resulting damage and injuries are
unavoidable. In reality, crashes are predictable results of specific
actions and the continued use of the word "accident" implies that these
events are outside human influence or control.
Maine Crash Fatalities
2014 Maine Crash Fatalities
111 through 11/17/2014