The Texas Municipal Courts Education Center’s (TMCEC) grant, Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives (MTSI), was designed to bring traffic safety to the forefront of awareness and implementation by municipal courts and to help them embrace the concept of transforming traffic safety into a local priority.
All of the goals and objectives for FY 2013 have been met or exceeded.
Traffic safety programs and educational conferences:
- 1,937 judges received traffic safety education through 10 regional judges seminars, the Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Conference, clinics, webinars, orientations, and local programs held across Texas;
- 2,044 clerks received traffic safety education through 10 regional clerks seminars, the Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Conference, clinics, webinars, orientations, and local programs held across Texas;
- 197 municipal bailiffs, warrant officers, and marshals received traffic safety education at a statewide conference;
- 277 prosecutors received traffic safety education through two prosecutors seminars, the Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Conference, clinics, and webinars; and
- the Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Conference had 222 participants that included municipal judges, clerks, bailiffs, warrant officers, city attorneys, prosecutors, and TxDOT staff members and program partners, including program managers and traffic safety specialists.
- An awareness campaign was conducted that reached 1,307 municipal judges. TMCEC sent out its Best Practices newsletter, which features the 2013 MTSI Traffic Safety Award recipients. The publication describes all 24 award winners and their traffic safety efforts, and features color photos of the recipients: Alvin, Harker Heights, Hickory Creek, Hutto, Lakeway, Sweeny, Universal City, and Windcrest from the low volume courts; Bryan, Burleson, College Station, Conroe, Friendswood, Frisco, La Porte, Lewisville, Mansfield, Odessa, Pasadena, and Socorro from the medium volume courts; and Arlington, El Paso, Houston, and Irving from the high volume courts; and
- there were 37 MTSI traffic safety exhibits which exceeded our goal of 24.
The Recorder is the periodic journal published by the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center as a critical news and information source for municipal courts in Texas. There were 49 pages of traffic safety information education published which exceeded our goal of 15.
Twenty four municipal courts were identified and received Traffic Safety Awards for their dedication and hard work in the area of traffic safety outreach and education in their communities.
2005-2012 Highlights & Accomplishments
- TMCEC annually trains about 1,500 municipal judges at 10 regional judicial seminars. On average, there are 50 traffic safety courses offered at these regional judicial seminars. TMCEC incorporated traffic safety materials into the curriculum for the municipal judges’ regional conferences, as well as traffic safety courses for the municipal clerks, bailiff, warrant officer, and prosecutors programs.
- The MTSI traffic safety website provides additional information to the TMCEC constituency on traffic safety issues. This web-site provides for “one-stop shopping” for traffic safety materials related to the work of the municipal courts. This web-site is updated regularly.
- The TMCEC municipal traffic safety list serv that was founded in July 2006 continues to be utilized with numerous requests each month to join. The membership continues to grow as a result of these requests. Important traffic safety information, articles and resource are shared via this list serv on a monthly basis.
- The Municipal Traffic Safety Awards were created in 2008 with nine municipal courts being recognized for their outstanding efforts in traffic safety. Award recipients were recognized at the Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Conference. Due to the positive impact and feedback, both the awards and conference are continued annually and continue to grow in size and popularity.
TMCEC wishes to express its appreciation to Terry Pence, Traffic Safety Director, Traffic Operations Division, and Frank Saenz, Alcohol and Other Drug Programs Manager, at the Texas Department of Transportation for their valuable assistance in procuring funding and helping to implement the MTSI programs.