Safety Talk is an online community where roadway safety practitioners in State Departments of Transportation, State Highway Safety Offices, local transportation agencies, and other safety professionals from the 4E organizations can initiate, contribute, and follow SHSP-related discussions. Safety Talk is sponsored by the FHWA Office of Safety.
Transportation safety is a diverse and complex field. States have implemented and are now regularly updating Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSP) in collaboration with a range of partners to ensure "emphasis areas" or countermeasure themes focused on areas with the greatest potential to reduce fatalities and serious injuries. Motor vehicle crashes generally involve multiple contributing factors, which means everyone must work together to address the multidisciplinary, multimodal issues. Generally, the 4E's of safety define the broad stakeholder communities who care about safety and are responsible for making the roads safe for all users.
- Engineering (e.g., highway design, traffic, maintenance, operations, planning);
- Enforcement (state and local law enforcement agencies);
- Education (e.g., driver education, citizen advocacy groups, educators, prevention specialists); and
- Emergency response (e.g., first responders, paramedics, fire, and rescue).
Each of these disciplines brings a unique perspective to the SHSP. Engineers approach a safety problem from the roadway and vehicle perspectives, law enforcement focuses on road user behavior, education concentrates on prevention, and emergency response personnel concentrate on post collision care. Each approach is required for the SHSP, which is an integrated, comprehensive, data-driven plan that breaks down the traditional safety silos.
The FHWA Office of Safety will initially open Safety Talk on a limited basis - primarily to SHSP coordinators in State Departments of Transportation and State Highway Safety Offices.
We encourage you to participate in Safety Talk. Email Jennifer.Warren@dot.gov with your request to join Safety Talk and start the discussion!
We hope you will contribute your perspective on the SHSP on-line community!