Safety is a top priority for all transportation agencies, and reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries is always a consideration in the development of plans, programs, and projects. Because safety is important to all transportation system users across all modes, collaboration with a large number of stakeholders is essential. Proactive and early collaboration with safety partners and stakeholders during the decision making process ensures safety is incorporated into every plan, program, and project.

MAP-21 and the FAST Act require State DOTs to track safety performance and establish safety targets for National Performance Measures under the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). Long range planning at the statewide and regional levels provides the first opportunity for incorporating safety goals, objectives, measures, and targets into the decision making process which ultimately will be used to inform programming and project development.

The list of safety stakeholders can be extensive. Here are some to consider:

  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency responders
  • Local planners and engineers
  • Multimodal planners
  • Traffic safety engineers
  • State-level safety and health staff

Existing groups or organizations may also have an interest in participating, such as: community groups, America Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)/Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), advocacy groups, university/college programs, Safe Routes to School, and many others.

This Application supports consideration of safety issues and strategies at individual Key Decisions. Hover over the highlighted Key Decisions to understand the specific relationship of safety to the decision. Click on a Key Decision for more detail, including questions to consider and data to support the decision. Key Decisions that are grayed-out have no specific relevance to safety.