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St. Tammany Parish Government Joins Waze Connected Citizens Program

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Ronnie Simpson, 985-898-5243

 

St. Tammany Parish Government Joins Waze Connected Citizens Program

 

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today a data-sharing partnership with Waze (https://www.waze.com/), the free, real-time, crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Designed as a free, two-way data share of publicly available traffic information, the Connected Citizens Program promotes greater efficiency, deeper insights and ease of travel on roadways for citizens of St. Tammany Parish, along with more than 250 other partners around the world.

 

The Waze Connected Citizens Program gives municipal leaders an unprecedented look at real-time road activity, empowering partners to harness real-time driver insights to make better informed planning decisions during major construction projects, emergency events, such as heavy rains, floods, major storms, or hazardous materials incidents. Established as a two-way data share, Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from the source: drivers themselves. In exchange, St. Tammany Parish Government provides real-time government-reported emergency, construction, crash and road closure data to Waze to return one of the most succinct, thorough overviews of current road conditions today.

 

As the Parish braces for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Nate over the coming weekend, Waze’s real-time data insights provide an imperative resource for the community. Users can check the app for the latest details around accidents reports, safe routes, and important road closures to help guide safe travel during potential hazardous conditions. Waze also provides the option to search for nearby shelters and open gas stations, as well as an SOS button to call on other Wazers for roadside assistance.

 

“We are thrilled to partner with Waze and to harness this real-time resource in order to disseminate roads information,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “The context of why traffic has occurred, in addition to specific incident reports, is invaluable in everyday situation, but it is critical in an emergency.”

 

The Waze map evolves with every driver and data point it receives, informing citizens and sharing more knowledge with Wazers about potential delays to their commutes. The Connected Citizens Program yields even more data, giving local citizens a greater ability to circumvent road closures and traffic jams within the app. St. Tammany Parish Government can also provide Wazers with advanced notice of major traffic events such as parades and dignitary visits that will affect their daily routes, as well as utilize this tool during emergencies to report road closures in real time. 

 

”We’re very happy to have St. Tammany Parish join our Connected Citizens Program, allowing them to gain access to user insights to improve congestion and ensure driver safety while on the road,” said Thais Blumenthal de Moraes, Global Business Development lead, Connected Citizens Program. “Through CCP, the Parish can leverage real-time data analytics to make better informed planning decisions for residents.”

 

To find out more about Connected Citizens visit https://www.waze.com/ccp. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://www.waze.com/get.

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