36 States Sign On as U.S. DOT Allies in Action

36 States Sign On as U.S. DOT Allies in Action

As of February, 36 state and territory departments of transportation and highway safety offices have committed to be “Allies in Action.”

The U.S. DOT National Roadway Safety Strategy, now in its third year, has more than 160 partners who are committed to take measures this year to:

  • Actively reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our nation’s roadways.
  • Expand implementation of the Safe System Approach and focus on a Zero Fatalities goal.
  • Transform how they think about roadway safety.

As Allies in Action, state traffic safety practitioners are playing a vital role in enhancing road safety for all users.  

A screenshot of the U.S. DOT Allies in Action webpage features a video of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

From the press release covering the U.S. DOT’s 2024 National Roadway Safety Strategy Progress Report (NRSS)

36 Total State and Territory submissions from their Transportation Agencies and Highway Safety Offices will implement proven safety countermeasures, Complete Streets policies and plans, revisit policies around speed setting, and advance infrastructure improvements for vulnerable road users. Many states discussed a commitment to work zone and rural road safety enhancements as well as emergency notifications to alert roadway users of major incidents and weather. States have also committed to engage stakeholders to identify community highway safety concerns and solicit input on potential solutions, pursue cutting-edge data analytics that utilizes historical crash data, enforcement data, and various third-party, real-time data sets to see traffic safety data in a new way. They will also pursue outreach and education efforts related to speed management and rural-high-risk road safety improvement projects. States and Territories who have made a commitment or are in the last stage of finalizing their commitment include:  

  • Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

See descriptions of the commitments made by these states and other partners on the U.S. DOT Allies in Action website. See AASHTO’s coverage of the NRSS progress report press event here