Diamondhead Leads the Way to Improve Transportation Safety

February 1, 2017

The City of Diamondhead has been selected by Gulf Regional Planning Commission (GRPC) to participate in a pilot transportation safety program through mid-March that will roll out across the Coast this summer.

The program, called Virtual Driver Interactive, is used across the country by both private and public sector entities. GRPC purchased the equipment as part of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Get To B safety improvement program for governmental jurisdictions.

“The focus of this program is safety,” said Elaine Wilkinson, Executive Director of GRPC. “This program will give the City of Diamondhead and other governmental entities an effective, no cost and proven method for putting transportation safety at the forefront of operations,” she said.

Over the next few weeks, staff from the City of Diamondhead will be the first to participate in the self-paced training program which features 10 voice-controlled, interactive simulation driver safety programs on distracted driving, inclement weather, safe following distances and recovery when you leave the road.

“When asked to be part of this pilot program, we came forward without hesitation,” said Diamondhead City Manager, Clovis Reed, who serves as Vice Chair of GRPC. “Our goal is to provide the tools our staff needs to help improve hazard recognition skills, lower accident rates, and reduce distracted driving.”

Reed said the city will also offer this program to other governmental services in Diamondhead to help them improve safety within their organizations as well.

“When you consider all of the different technology tools our staff have at their disposal inside government owned vehicles like two-way radios, laptops and cell phones, our governmental officials want to make sure our employees have the training they need to do an efficient job for our citizens in a safe environment,” he said.

Coming Events & Announcements
Diamondhead Mardi Gras Parade will be Saturday, February 25, 2017 beginning at 12:00 noon. The Route will be from Diamondhead Circle down Gex Drive, left onto Aloha then on to Kalani. The parade will turn right onto Diamondhead Drive East then left onto Golf Club Drive to the County Club Circle where it will disband.

Diamondhead City Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 6pm CST, City Council Chambers, 5000 Diamondhead Circle.

Qualifying period for the municipal election ends at 5pm March 3, 2017.

Save the Date:
Annual Memorial Day Service with the VFW Post 2880 on May 27, 2017.

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