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SHSP Noteworthy Practices

The following practices are from the Roadway Safety Noteworthy Practices Database and focus on SHSP topics.


Publication Year State Title
2011 Alabama

Alabama Flexes HSIP Funds for Increased Enforcement
Thirty percent of speeding crashes and 60 percent of roadway departure crashes occur on the 11,000 miles of Alabama's state highway system. According to Wes Elrod, Transportation Planning and Modal Programs   More...

2010 Utah

Branding and Marketing the SHSP
SHSPs provide a State's safety stakeholders with clear and consistent goals, performance measures, and strategies for addressing motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. States are using branding   More...

2010 Ohio

Centralized HSIP Funding and Evaluation Results in Safety Projects Aligned with SHSP
Provided support for safety studies by local governments and MPOs providing more opportunities for local agencies to propose safety projects. To continue to reduce highway fatalities and serious injuries   More...

2010 Utah

Collaborative Problem Solving
The process to develop and implement an effective SHSP requires a multidisciplinary approach from the state's safety stakeholders. Working collaboratively to identify and solve the State's transportation   More...

2010 Ohio

Collaborative Process Improves Work Zone Safety
Work zones are often high-crash locations, and many of the crashes in work zones involve commercial vehicles. Enforcement can be challenging, especially if the work zones are not designed to accommodate   More...

2011 Minnesota

Data Analysis for County Highway Safety Plans
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has made $3.5 million available to develop Highway Safety Plans for each of the State's 87 counties. The concept is to build on the foundation established   More...

2014 Delaware

Delaware Integrates its SHSP with Other State Plans and Programs
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide-coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on all public roads. In each   More...

2010 New Jersey

Electronic Communication System
In developing the SHSP and following up on its implementation, New Jersey needed a means to efficiently communicate with the members of its Safety Management Task Force. NJDOT wanted to establish a system   More...

2010 Maryland

Emergency Medical Services Partner
Originally, Maryland's SHSP development process envisioned EMS as part of all emphasis areas. However, given the importance of EMS in improving safety, the State EMS Director felt a more focused effort   More...

2010 Michigan

Emphasis Area Team Facilitators
Michigan formed 12 emphasis area teams facilitated by Office of Highway Safety Planning staff to develop and implement action plans for the SHSP emphasis areas. Given the nature of the topics and the   More...

2010 Michigan

Enforcement and Engineering Collaboration
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) engineering staff and the State Police developed a commercial vehicle strategy team comprised of six individuals from each agency for enhanced communication   More...

2010 Michigan

Engaging Local Agencies in Commercial Vehicle Inspection
Commercial vehicle safety is an emphasis area in the Michigan SHSP, with goals including reduced fatigue-related crashes, improved heavy truck maintenance, and a strengthened commercial driver license   More...

2011 Washington

Engaging Native American Tribes in the SHSP
Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) and Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) have led the development, implementation, and update of Washington's SHSP (Target Zero) in collaboration   More...

2010 Maryland

Focusing HSP Grant Applications
The Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) recognized the need to institutionalize the link between the Highway Safety Plan (HSP) and the SHSP through the grant application process. Each year the MHSO   More...

2011 West Virginia

Focusing on Fewer Emphasis Areas
In September 2007, West Virginia released its first state¬wide Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The 2007 SHSP included nine emphasis areas established by the Highway Safety Management Team (HSMT)1   More...

2010 Michigan

Grant Writing Assistance Focuses on SHSP
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) partners with police on traffic enforcement efforts as part of its annual Highway Safety Plan (HSP). To receive funding, each year every county law   More...

2015 Idaho

Idaho Builds Evaluation into its Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Planning for Evaluation Should Begin When the SHSP is Developed The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) requires States to evaluate their Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to ensure the accuracy   More...

2014 Idaho

Idaho Integrates its SHSP with Other State Plans and Programs
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide-coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on all public roads. In each   More...

2015 South Dakota

Improving Relationships with Tribes Makes Roads Safer in South Dakota
Legislation requires that the SHSP is developed in consultation with major Federal, State, tribal, and local safety stakeholders (23 U.S.C.148 (a)(12)(A)).You could also highlight 148a12 SHSP that D)   More...

2012 Kentucky

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Applies Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool on Behalf of Local Agencies
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) applied the Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool (Tool) to a local road system. Through the Federal Highway Administration Focus State Initiative, KYTC staff   More...

2010 Illinois

Law Enforcement Partnership with Engineering
The Illinois DOT's (IDOT) Bureau of Safety Engineering developed a strong partnership with law enforcement resulting in improved safety outcomes. In 2005, when the Bureau of Safety Engineering was created,   More...

2010 New Jersey

Legislative Symposium
To enlist the support of New Jersey legislators for safety initiatives, the State's metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), with support of New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and the   More...

2010 Maryland

Links to Existing Organizations
Once the SHSP is developed, it is important to integrate SHSP implementation activities into the efforts of existing groups and coordinate with other implementation plans. In Maryland several safety Task   More...

2013 Louisiana

Local Agencies in Six Louisiana Parishes Produce State's First Regional, Data-Driven Safety Action Plan
The South Central Regional Transportation Safety Plan (SCRTSP) is the first regional, data-driven action plan developed in Louisiana as part of the State's efforts to implement its Strategic Highway Safety   More...

2010 Georgia

Local Government Assistance
In 2005, Georgia represented nearly 20 percent of the total increase in motor vehicle fatalities nationally. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) had traditionally spent most of its safety   More...

2010 New Jersey

Local Safety Coordinators Adopt SHSP Strategies and Actions
The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (DHTS) funds Community Traffic Safety Program (CTSP) coordinators in every county in the State. They work with local stakeholders to identify traffic   More...

2013 Louisiana

Louisiana DOTD and LTAP Partnership Improves Local Agencies' Capabilities to Develop Regional Safety Plans, Access Funding, and Implement Safety Improvements
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) established a Local Roads Safety Program in 2006 and despite early barriers and challenges, it has become a viable program aimed at improving   More...

2011 Louisiana

Louisiana Hires Law Enforcement Expert to Improve Data Collection among Law Enforcement Agencies
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD) is responsible for collecting motor vehicle crash data for the entire State of Louisiana, as well as maintaining the state crash database.   More...

2015 Louisiana

Louisiana's Bottom Line on SHSP Implementation is Funding Support
Potential stumbling blocks to implementation of Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSP) include funding for the projects and programs identified by the safety stakeholders and how to institutionalize project   More...

2010 Michigan

LTAP Provides Software and MDOT Provides Support for Local Safety Data Analysis
Because the fatal crash rate on non-State highways was higher than on State highways, Michigan recognized that additional tools were needed to support local safety planning and programming. The Local   More...

2010 Utah

LTAP Support to Local Agencies
LTAP staff routinely promote SHSP concepts when working with local transportation agencies, broadening the reach of the SHSP. Local agencies receive assistance with data collection and input efforts.   More...

2014 Maine

Maine Integrates its SHSP with Other State Plans and Programs
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide-coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on all public roads. In each   More...

2014 Maryland

Maryland Brings Plans and Programs Under its SHSP Umbrella
Every State's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) provides a comprehensive framework for reducing deaths and serious injuries on all public roads.Maryland, which has adopted a vision of Toward Zero Deaths,   More...

2014 Maryland

Maryland Integrates its SHSP with Other State Plans and Programs
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide-coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on all public roads. In each   More...

2010 Michigan

Michigan DOT Uses MOU to Define Roles Among Data Generators
The Michigan DOT (MDOT), Department of State, and State Police signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) defining crash data management and funding. The State agencies invested in a team of three people,   More...

2011 Minnesota

Minnesota Makes Systemic Safety Improvements Based on Risk Assessments at County Level
Minnesota DOT (Mn/DOT) is another example of a state implementing a systemic approach. While Missouri's approach is focused on state-maintained roadways, Minnesota has taken a different approach through   More...

2013 Missouri

Missouri Department of Transportation Evaluation of Project Proves Systemic Planning Process is Beneficial
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) used the concepts discussed in the Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool to evaluate a project that was developed using a systemic planning process.   More...

2011 Missouri

Missouri's Blueprint to Arrive Alive Implements System-Wide Safety Improvements
Missouri is one state that has been successful in identifying and implementing system-wide improvements. Missouri's Blueprint to Arrive Alive, which is the State's SHSP, identifies their “Targeted 10”   More...

2010 Maryland

Motor Vehicle Administration Partner
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is a member of the SHSP Executive Committee and signed a MOU stating their support for the SHSP. Once the SHSP was developed, it was important to the Management   More...

2010 New Jersey

MPO Participation in SHSP
Prior to the initiation of the SHSP development process, New Jersey had fully embraced Safety Conscious Planning and established working relationships with its MPOs on transportation safety planning.   More...

2011 Wyoming

MPO Safety Management Planning
In 2008, the Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) completed its first Transportation Safety Management Plan (TSMP), an MPO level plan akin to statewide SHSPs. The MPO has successfully engaged   More...

2010 New Jersey

Multiagency Policy Council Supporting Safety Legislation
Prior to the passage of SAFETEA-LU and the development of the SHSP, the Governor of New Jersey established an interagency Highway Traffic Safety Policy Advisory Council. The Council was conceived as a   More...

2015 Nevada

Nevada Builds Evaluation into its Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Transportation The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) requires States to evaluate their Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to ensure the accuracy of their SHSP priorities and proposed strategies.   More...

2011 Nevada

Nevada Funds Education and Outreach Programs with HSIP Flex Funds
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) flexed $800,000 of its Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds in FY 2009 (seven percent of the total) to fund a range of outreach and education   More...

2010 New Jersey

New Jersey Partnership Provides Technical Support to Local Agencies on Crash Data Analysis
To support SHSP implementation at all levels, New Jersey identified a need to increase technical safety support to local agencies. The Transportation Safety Resource Center (TSRC) was established by hiring   More...

2011 New Jersey

New Jersey Provides Data Decision Support Tool to SHSP Partners
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) recognized a need to provide transportation safety data in a more user-friendly format. Providing easier access to data and enhanced analytic capabilities   More...

2013 New York

New York State Department of Transportation Applies Systemic Planning Process to Lane Departure Crashes on State Highway System
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) used the Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool to identify sites where safety could be improved by deploying low-cost countermeasures on roadways   More...

2014 North Dakota

North Dakota Integrates its SHSP with Other State Plans and Programs
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide-coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on all public roads. In each   More...

2010 Ohio

Ohio Develops Centralized Data Source for All SHSP Partners
The SHSP process requires data from a variety of sources to support the emphasis areas. If a central data source is not available, emphasis area teams may use conflicting data. When the safety data used   More...

2010 Michigan

Prioritizing Safety in the Transportation Improvement Program
Increased number of local safety projects proposed. While safety is required in transportation planning and is frequently stated as a planning goal, often safety issues are not given sufficient weight   More...

2015 Alabama

Regional Coalitions Build Alabama's SHSP Update from the Ground Up
Fatalities and serious injuries don't happen “statewide;” they happen in communities. Alabama (AL) is taking this notion to heart and using a bottom-up approach to update its Strategic Highway Safety   More...

2010 Maryland

Road Safety Audits
In Maryland several SHSP emphasis area teams (Keep Vehicles on the Roadway, Intersections, Young Drivers, and Pedestrians) identified Roadway Safety Audits (RSAs) as a strategy to improve safety. Prior   More...

2010 Michigan

Safety Element in Performance Reviews
One way to institutionalize the SHSP and safety is to embed it into agency culture. States are taking this next step by including safety as measurement criteria in key employee performance reviews. In   More...

2010 Utah

Safety Element in Performance Reviews
One way to institutionalize the SHSP and safety is to embed it into agency culture. States are taking this next step by including safety as measurement criteria in key employee performance reviews. In   More...

2010 Ohio

SHSP Committee Provides Forum for Data Collection Improvements
Since data is the foundation of transportation safety planning, the Ohio Department of Transportation identified data improvement as one of the priority emphasis areas in its SHSP. Each year the Federal   More...

2010 Ohio

SHSP Implementation Chart
One of the most challenging aspects of SHSP implementation is tracking the responsibilities and activities undertaken by multiple partners to address different emphasis areas. To comprehensively manage   More...

2010 Maryland

SHSP Leadership Summit
As Maryland moved forward on implementation, the need for greater participation at the regional and local level became clear. To address this concern, the Management Team determined the second SHSP Summit   More...

2010 Maryland

SHSP Newsletters
Sustaining support and interest in the SHSP is difficult, particularly since people involved in implementation usually have other responsibilities as well. To maintain interest and activity in the SHSP,   More...

2010 Georgia

SHSP Operations Manager
Prior to the development of the SHSP, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) created a Safety Action Plan. The plan was based on the NCHRP 501 Integrated Safety Management Process (ISMP). Fundamental   More...

2010 Georgia

SHSP Project Seed Money
After Georgia's initial development of the SHSP, stakeholder participation in the process slowed and dedication to the implementation process needed a boost. Stakeholders needed clear incentives to participate   More...

2011 Nevada

SHSP Road Shows
The Nevada Departments of Transportation and Public Safety published the State's first Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) in September 2006. In April 2010, the Departments conducted a series of road   More...

2010 Ohio

SHSP Steering Committee Manages Implementation with Tracking Tools
To ensure implementation of the SHSP is progressing according to plan, the Steering Committee requires emphasis area team leaders to report the status of their action items on a quarterly basis. To support   More...

2010 Michigan

SHSP/HSIP Alignment
Because the target fatal crash rate had not been achieved on the non-DOT portion of its road network, Michigan recognized that greater focus on local safety projects was needed. The Michigan Department   More...

2011 Louisiana

Speeding and Aggressive Driving and Distracted Driving Task Forces
Louisiana published their original Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) in September 2006. Using the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) SHSP as a point of departure,   More...

2010 Ohio

State Safety Charter
In 2005, to strengthen the commitment to safety, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and SHSP steering committee were given authority by the Governor and key agency Directors to make decisions   More...

2011 Missouri

Statewide and Regional SHSP Coalitions
In November 2004, Missouri's SHSP, titled Blueprint for Safer Roadways, was developed in consultation with many safety advocates, including engineers, law enforcement, educators, and emergency responders.   More...

2010 New Jersey

Teen Driver Study Commission Adopts SHSP Strategies and Advances Legislation
Drafted legislation to strengthen the GDL law, require safety belt use in rear seats, and eliminate plea bargaining for GDL licensed drivers. Despite a strong Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law, New   More...

2015 Montana

The Evolution of Tribal Involvement in Montana's Road Safety Planning
The Evolution of Tribal Involvement in Montana's Road Safety Planning The Montana practice is discussed after the following introduction about Tribal Government Involvement in the Strategic Highway Safety   More...

2010 Utah

Three-Tiered Programming
Through the SHSP process States identify a full range of potential safety strategies. Implementation of each strategy ranges from relatively easy to very challenging. Likewise, the potential benefits   More...

2013 Washington

Thurston County, Washington, Public Works Department Applies Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool
The Thurston County Public Works Department used the Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool to explore the potential benefits of proactive safety planning. Although Thurston County staff had experience   More...

2011 Washington

Tiered Emphasis Areas for Statewide and County Safety Planning
In 2000, prior to SAFETEA-LU, Washington State wrote Target Zero: A Strategic Plan for Highway Safety. The Target Zero Steering Committee, in cooperation with state, local, and private agencies, designed   More...

2010 Ohio

Tracking Local Project Implementation
Ohio's SHSP includes an emphasis area focused on the reduction of fixed-object, intersection, cross-median, and head-on crashes. Strategies include identifying locations with high numbers of such crashes   More...

2010 New Jersey

Training Improves Local Safety Planning Capacity
To reduce fatalities and injuries throughout New Jersey, agencies and organizations at the local level need to participate in safety planning. However, many local governments and metropolitan planning   More...

2015 North Dakota

Tribal SHSP Involvement in North Dakota Leads to Continuous Efforts to Improve Tribal Road Safety
Tribal SHSP Involvement in North Dakota Leads to Continuous Efforts to Improve Tribal Road Safety The North Dakota practice is discussed after the following introduction about Tribal Government Involvement   More...

2010 Michigan

Truck Safety Commission Supports SHSP Efforts
The Michigan legislature established a Truck Safety Commission (TSC) with a dedicated Truck Safety Fund to increase commercial vehicle safety. The Commission is appointed by the Governor and includes   More...

2015 Washington

Unique Accord in Washington State Helps State and Tribal Governments Work Proactively on Roadway Safety
The Washington practice is discussed after the following introduction about Tribal Government Involvement in the Strategic Highway Safety Plan process. Other states in this SHSP/Tribal Government Noteworthy   More...

2015 Washington

Washington Builds Evaluation into its Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Planning for Evaluation Should Begin When the SHSP is Developed The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) requires States to evaluate their Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to ensure the accuracy   More...

2014 Washington

Washington Integrates its SHSP with Other State Plans and Programs
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide-coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on all public roads. In each   More...