Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)

What is the Strategic Highway Safety Plan?

An SHSP is a statewide data-driven traffic safety plan that coordinates the efforts of a wide range of organizations to reduce traffic accident fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. In coordination with federal, state, local, and private sector safety stakeholders, the SHSP establishes goals, objectives, and challenge areas.

More about SHSP

Federal Regulations Require that the California SHSP includes:

Consultation with a variety of stakeholders. 

At present, there are over 400 identified stakeholders assisting with the SHSP Update process, including: federal agencies, state agencies, local agencies and organizations including police departments, regional transportation agencies, tribal governments, and private stakeholders.

Analysis and effective use of crash data. 

California has or uses multiple crash data systems including Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), the National Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS), and the Crash Medical Outcomes Data (CMOD) Project, modeled on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES).

Plans to address the 4Es of traffic safety:

Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Services.  Some safety issues like vehicles running off of the roadway involve engineering challenges.  Treating accident injuries involves emergency services issues like improving training for first responders, and ensuring that responders have the right equipment.  Some safety issues, like texting while driving, involve multiple areas like education, reminding drivers that texting is not worth it, and enforcement, citing drivers for texting while driving.

Consideration for the safety of all public roads, and all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. 

New federal regulations have also expanded the SHSP to include tribal roads.

A program of projects or strategies to reduce or eliminate safety hazards.

The SHSP is not just a set of goals, developed and forgotten.  It is a continuous process, with focused teams studying safety problems, searching for answers, and developing programs to improve traffic safety.

Implementation and evaluation.

The SHSP includes review of the last SHSP and the emphasis or challenge areas developed by that SHSP.  How much have we done to improve traffic safety?  What strategies worked?  Which need to be improved?

2020 – 2024 SHSP Development

The 2020 – 2024 California Strategic Highway Safety Plan began its development in fall of 2018 with a review of collision data trends and the successes of the 2015 – 2019 SHSP. By early 2019, data findings were determined and general guidance on the vision of the 2020 – 2024 SHSP were established. Outreach events were held in six regional locations across the state in April 2019 to engage local stakeholders on safety strategies. An outreach webinar was also held in May 2019 to provide another opportunity for stakeholder feedback. Each event included presentations from statewide representatives and an overview of statewide and regional data and then an open-house format allowing for interactions between attendees and experts.  

The documents used at the regional outreach events are provided below.  

Using the data findings and input from regional outreach events, effective strategies best suited for California are being developed and incorporated into the 2020 – 2024 SHSP. Approval of the final document at federal and state levels will occur in Fall 2019 and the new SHSP will be in effect starting January 1, 2020.  The SHP Implementation Plan outlining specific actions to implement the strategies based on the framework of the SHSP document will also be prepared and available in Spring 2020. The Implementation Plan will be focused on the specific actions supporting the 5-year SHSP.


Contact Information

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