Mission: To build effective safety collaboration and trusted relationships among enforcement, engineering and other traffic safety-related disciplines through ongoing stakeholder meetings where local traffic safety issues are addressed.
Iowa's Statewide Multidisciplinary Safety Team (MDST) Program is a coordinated effort between Iowa LTAP, Iowa DOT, and the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau. This joint effort supports the opportunity to help facilitate the development and operation of local multi-discipline safety teams to help identify and resolve local crash causes and enhance crash response practices. These teams include a wide range of local and state safety participants from various backgrounds. These professionals meet on a regular basis to discuss safety topics, problems, projects, and improvements along local roadways within regional areas of Iowa.
Theresa Litteral, email@example.com
Statewide MDST Facilitator
2711 S. Loop Drive, Suite 4700
Ames, IA 50010
By coordinating communication and collaborating with other stakeholders, participants gain a broader perspective on safety issues and learn best practices from professionals outside their area of expertise. This ultimately leads to the development of solutions that may not have been considered otherwise.
In addition to the other services Iowa LTAP offers, the Statewide MDST program can assist with a number of technical services that can help further develop existing safety groups, establish new relationships and foster growth of innovative and effective safety practices within the transportation community in the state of Iowa. One of the program's main goals is interagency collaboration and information exchange. This approach will improve communication on technical transportation issues among professionals from local governments, cities, counties, metropolitan planning organizations and regional entities and the DOT statewide. Some of the services the MDST program assists with include the following:
Over 80 wrong way drivers have been officially reported along US 30 corridor between Boone and Nevada, Iowa, over the past five years. The Iowa DOT in concert with local enforcement agencies and InTrans have formed a multidisciplinary safety team (MDST) to address this issue. Enhanced signing, painting, lighting, and use of technology through intelligent transportation systems (ITS) tools are being used to detect and inform drivers and 911 centers.