The goal of the Cape Girardeau Safe Communities Program is to provide injury prevention strategies, primarily in the areas of traffic safety, to the citizens of Jackson, Cape Girardeau, and Cape Girardeau County.
The Safe Communities initiative is working to expand partnerships in the community to access local injury data. Through this information areas of
concern are determined and new effective strategies for injury prevention are developed. The program has a full time Coordinator, two part-time Youth Program Coordinators, a Chairman and thirty member Advisory Committee representing 28 agencies in Cape Girardeau County.
Examples of prevention and enforcement programs provided in Jackson through the Safe Commentates Program:
Safety Belt / Speed Overtime Patrol:
This consists of officers working at high crash times and at high crash
locations observing for Seat Belt usage and Speed enforcement.
Summertime Blues Safety Belt checkpoint and Awareness Fair:
This event included Safety Belt checks by the Jackson Police Department and
Cape Girardeau Police Department. Officers flagged motorists into the
checkpoint where drivers wearing their safety belts are rewarded with free
travel mugs, key chains, and other free gifts. All persons are invited to
participate in the safety fair which is adjacent to the checkpoints.
Drinking and Driving Docu-Drama:
The drinking and driving Docu-Drama is a mock alcohol related traffic
accident which depicts the realities and consequences of drinking involved in
motor vehicle accidents. The Docu-Drama uses all facets of the emergency
response community which respond to a "mock" or "staged" accident. In addition
to the staged program students are given the opportunity to discuss the program
in the follow up session. This is staged at Jackson High School and other
schools across the county.
Senior Safety Fair:
This program was sponsored by the Jackson Police Department at the Jackson
Senior Center. Presentations are given on Safe Driving Tips, falls and home
Safety, seat belt and air Bag safety and Buckle Bear even made an appearance.
Approximately 25 Senior Citizens participated.
Loan a Seat Program
The loan a seat program for Jackson and Cape Girardeau County is operated
through Easter Seals Society in Cape Girardeau. The program lends toddler seats
to new parents on a nine month basis. The program requires a $10.00 deposit,
$7.00 is refunded when the seat is returned.
M.A.D.D. Victim Impact Panel:
The M.A.D.D DWI Victim Panel is held on the second Thursday of each month.
There is an average of 30 DWI offenders in each session who are sentenced to
attend the impact panel by the State and Municipal Courts in Cape Girardeau
For more information about Safe Communities Contact: Capt. Scott Eakers with the Jackson Police Department, (573)