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Division of Planning
Systems Planning & Program Management
Strategic Highway Safety Plan



Michelle May
(614) 644-8309

All states are required to develop a Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) that uses crash data to identify the greatest causes of traffic crashes, serious injuries and fatalities on public roads.

A variety of state and federal safety agencies and private sector organizations developed Ohio’s SHSP, which focuses on safety for all road users, including cars, trucks, trains, motorcycles, pedestrians and bicycles.

The Ohio Departments of Transportation and Public Safety coordinate a statewide SHSP Steering Committee, which meets quarterly to 1) discuss implementation of key strategies to reduce traffic crashes, fatalities, and serious injuries and 2) review crash trends.

The committee includes representatives from local, state and federal safety agencies. These agencies share information with hundreds of other safety organizations throughout Ohio.

Combined, the plan, statewide committee and regional safety partnerships create a network of thousands of people focused on common safety goals. In addition, these agencies routinely share resources and data that make Ohio’s transportation system safer while maximizing limited funds.

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Ohio has identified four SHSP emphasis areas:

  1. Reduce the occurrence and severity of roadway departure, intersection and highway/railroad crossing crashes
  2. Address high-risk drivers and behaviors such as young drivers, impaired driving, low seat belt use, distracted driving, older drivers and excessive speed.
  3. Target motorcycle and bicycle riders, pedestrians and commercial vehicles, which are more likely to be involved in serious crashes.
  4. Improve the quality, accuracy, timeliness and availability of crash data.

These emphasis areas represent the greatest threat to safety and are the cause of most serious injuries and deaths on Ohio roads.


 SHSP Data Sheets

Alcohol Involvement.pdfAlcohol Involvement
Bicycle Involvement .pdfBicycle Involvement
Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Involvement.pdfCommercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Involvement
Distracted Drivers.pdfDistracted Drivers
Intersection Related.pdfIntersection Related
Motorcycle Driver or Occupants.pdfMotorcycle Driver or Occupants
Occupant Protection.pdfOccupant Protection
Older Driver Involvement (Over 64).pdfOlder Driver Involvement (Over 64)
Pedestrian Involvement.pdfPedestrian Involvement
Railroad Crossing Related.pdfRailroad Crossing Related
Roadway Departure Related.pdfRoadway Departure Related
Speed Involvement.pdfSpeed Involvement
Young Driver Involvement (15-25).pdfYoung Driver Involvement (15-25)

Working together has led to significant crash reductions on Ohio roads.

Since 2002, Ohio has experienced

  • 28% drop in total fatalities
  • 19% drop in serious injuries
  • 23% drop in total crashes

In 2011, Ohio reached an historic low for fatalities, recording 1,015 fatalities compared to 1,417 fatalities in 2002. Ohio’s new goal is to reduce fatalities by 5 percent by 2015 (as compared to 2009).


 County Fact Sheets

​County Fact Sheets have been created to help local agencies understand the crashes occurring in their area. This information can be used to target resources and educate the public.