California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

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Tamie McGowen
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May 1, 2008

STATE ANNOUNCES BOLD PLAN TO IMPROVE ROADWAY SAFETY

Anaheim, CA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Office of Traffic Safety, California Highway Patrol, and California State Association of Counties today announced a bold set of 152 actions designed to reduce serious injuries and fatalities 10 percent on California’s roadways by 2010. Actions were created with goals geared toward reducing head-on collisions and run-off-the-road crashes, improving safety at intersections and interchanges, and enhancing safety for pedestrians and bicycles.

The actions stem from California’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) that identifies the state’s highest priority traffic safety needs and prioritizes investment decisions to achieve the 10 percent reduction in fatalities and disabling injuries versus 2004 levels.

More than 300 safety stakeholders from 80 different organizations attended today’s SHSP safety summit in Anaheim. In addition to the four lead agencies, stakeholders from cities, counties, state agencies, private sector businesses, and grass-roots organizations attended. Another summit will be held in Sacramento on May 7, 2008.

As these safety actions are implemented over the coming year, results will be measured and reported. By taking this step, each vehicle crash, injury and death on California’s highways and roadways provides a means to help improve the system and reduce fatalities.

About the SHSP

The federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) established a new core Highway Safety Improvement Program that is structured and funded to make significant progress in reducing highway fatalities on all public roadways. As required under SAFETEA-LU, the California Department of Transportation is leading the effort to develop a statewide Strategic Highway Safety Plan to improve safety on all public roads by quantifying safety issues; identifying performance measures and targets; guiding transportation stakeholders to the most effective safety strategies and actions; identifying available funding sources; and providing methods for monitoring safety projects and initiatives.