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