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Division of Planning
Systems Planning & Program Management
Highway Safety Goals & Objectives



Michelle May
(614) 644-8309


Prioritizing safety in all transportation. ODOT will integrate transportation safety improvements in all business practices that impact the public, with a goal of continuous reduction in the number and severity of crashes.

The 2008 – 2015 objectives for goal 5 are:

Reduce fatalities by 5% by 2015, which will save more than 150 lives.

Reduce serious (fatal/incapacitating injury) fixed-object crashes 10% by 2015. This would represent an annual reduction of 361 serious fixed-object crashes compared to the baseline year 2002.

Reduce serious (fatal/incapacitating injury) intersection crashes 10% by 2015. This would represent an annual reduction of 516 serious intersection crashes compared to the baseline year 2002.

Target the implementation of all low-cost, short-term safety solutions in the annual safety and congestion work plan.

Implement the latest technologies, review staffing requirements, and increase driver awareness to improve the department’s operation and safety efforts during snow and ice season.

Data Collection and Processing Objectives

Crash statistics and data are crucial for the analysis of safety trends and identifying high-crash and severe-crash locations.  Historically, the department has had difficulty obtaining timely, reliable and comprehensive crash data because crash reports are submitted by over 1,000 law enforcement agencies statewide.

Partner with the Traffic Statistics section of the Ohio Traffic Safety Office within the Ohio Department of Public Safety to improve the quality, timeliness and availability of crash data. Ultimately, real-time crash data is needed to promptly identify and analyze crash trends.

Coordinate with local governments as well as local law enforcement agencies and metropolitan planning organizations to provide strategies to enhance data validation and partner on solutions to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes at municipal locations.

Continue target enforcement and education efforts if substantial crash reduction is achieved.

Analyze priority crash locations in a prudent and efficient manner to provide a functional and safe transportation system.

Safety Congestion Work Plan Objectives

With reliable data, ODOT is able to systematically identify problem locations based on crash frequency, crash rate, severity or congestion.  After problem locations are identified, detailed analysis is performed and improvements proposed for each location.  These projects, treatments and strategies are compiled into a distinct safety work plan for each district with their completion measured by the department's Operational Performance Index (OPI).