Delaware Department of Transportation: Context-Sensitive Speed Limit Setting

Diagram from engineering study of U.S. 13 in the Town of Blades, Delaware, highlighting issue with speed limits and development activity

2021 was the deadliest year on Delaware roads in the past 15 years. As in many states, Delaware state police, highway and transportation officials have noted increases in speeding and fatalities in the past few years. To counteract negative trends, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is adjusting its approach to speed limit setting.  Delaware […]

Maryland Traffic Slows Down Following Anti-Speeding Effort

Cover slide for presentation on Maryland DOT speed management pilot project in cooperation with IIHS, GHSA, and National Road Safety Foundation

At the AASHTO Committee on Safety Meeting in April 2022, Tim Kerns and Vivian Berra Figuereo of the Maryland Department of Transportation reported on a speed management demonstration project in Bishopville, Maryland. The project was funded by a grant from GHSA, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF).  The speed […]

NHTSA Estimates Show 16-Year High in Traffic Fatalities in 2021

Cover of NHTSA fact sheet on traffic fatalities estimates for 2021

In the early estimate report released May 17, 2022, NHTSA showed a 10.5% increase in traffic fatalities in the United States from 2020 to 2021.  At 42,915, the number of 2021 traffic fatalities is the highest number recorded since 2005, and the largest increase in the history of the report. In a press release, NHTSA reminds us, […]

AASHTO Speaks on Highway Safety

Portrait of Dr. Shawn D. Wilson, AASHTO president, announcing his remarks on highway safety to Congress Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on June 8, 2022

In May 2022, AASHTO and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) worked together to provide comments to NHTSA regarding the Uniform Procedures for State Highway Safety Grant Program (NHTSA-2022-0036), published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2022.  AASHTO and GHSA’s comments focused on the upcoming Triennial Highway Safety Plans, Annual Grant Applications, and related […]

Equity and Traffic Safety at Caltrans

Caltrans Office of Race and Equity webpage

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began developing their groundwork for safety and equity to come together. Over the past two years, Caltrans has made strides forward in this goal, starting with establishing a new Division of Safety Programs to build California’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) on four safety-focused principles: Double Down on What Works Accelerate Advanced Technology […]

How Ohio DOT Advanced Equity in Traffic Safety with HSIP Funds

Flyer for Ohio DOT HSIP Process with Equity Metric

In Fall 2021, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) adjusted its Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) process to include with equity components in scoring. Their HSIP process now integrates crash data with correlated U.S. Census data. Based on ODOT research, in Ohio, fatal and serious injury crashes are overrepresented by 9.8% within Census block groups that have a poverty rate (population with income […]

New Resources for Equity, Safe Systems and Traffic Safety

Toward Zero Deaths - The National Strategy Vision is a Highway System Free of Fatalities

New materials from traffic safety partners are featured: GHSA Addressing the Role of Behavioral Safety in Safe Systems, ITE Case Studies on Implementing the Safe System Approach in the U.S., GHSA Analysis of Traffic Fatalities by Race and Ethnicity, and info from the Traffic Safety Culture Pooled Fund

Engaging Citizens in Traffic Safety Culture

Friends fasten seat belt before driving

What is traffic safety citizenship? How do you tap into the people in your community most likely to stand up for traffic safety? Learn about this non-traditional approach to traffic safety and find insights in the Pooled Fund research project.

AASHTO and Toward Zero Deaths Join Call for Zero Traffic Deaths by 2050

Zero Traffic Deaths 2050 website screenshot

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) partnered with Road to Zero Coalition, Vision Zero Network, Families for Safe Streets, and dozens more organizations and individuals by co-signing a letter to President Joe Biden to urge him to commit the efforts of the federal government to achieve […]