SHSP Challenge Areas

Challenge Area

Percent of Fatalities
(2008-2017)

Percent of Serious Injuries
(2008-2017)

Description
Aggressive Driving 33%  34%

 The Aggressive Driving Challenge Area includes several behaviors including driving too fast, tailgating, and other reckless driving maneuvers as determined by the officer on scene. The data definition has been expanded from the previous SHSP to include collisions where drivers run traffic signals and signs, and where any of the before mentioned attributes are present even if they are not the primary collision factor.

Aging Drivers 14% 11%

The Aging Drivers Challenge Area includes instances where the driver of a motor vehicle is 65 years or older. The previous SHSP included a Challenge Area with all aging road users; however, this Challenge area has been narrowed down to specifically look at collisions involving aging drivers.

Bicyclists 4% 8%

The Bicyclists Challenge Area includes instances where a motor vehicle is involved in a collision with a bicyclist.

Commercial Vehicles 10% 6%

The Commercial Vehicles Challenge Area includes instances where the collision involves a truck, truck tractor, school bus or other bus.

Distracted Driving  5% 5%

The Distracted Driving Challenge Area includes instances where the driver of a motor vehicle was not paying attention or using an electronic device.

Driver Licensing 25% -

The Driver Licensing Challenge Area includes instances where an involved driver is unlicensed or does not carry a valid license for the vehicle that they are operating. This information on driver licensing is only currently available through the FARS data; therefore, the data being reported for this Challenge Area only pertains to fatalities.

Emergency Response -

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The Emergency Response Challenge Area focuses on post-collision efforts to reduce fatalities and serious injuries.

Emerging Technologies - - The Emerging Technologies Challenge Area focuses on use of technology to prevent, identify, and respond to collisions. It includes exploring technology advancements that are new or underutilized and that can potentially reduce the frequency and severity of collisions.
Impaired Driving 40% 25% The Impaired Driving Challenge Area includes collisions where any evidence of drug or alcohol use by the driver is present, even if the driver was not over the legal limit. The previous SHSP included the Alcohol and Drug Impairment Challenge Area that addressed collisions where a motorist, pedestrian or bicyclist had been using alcohol and/or drugs; this SHSP’s definition has been updated to only include collisions with drivers that had been using alcohol and/or drugs.
Intersections 20% 24%

The Intersections Challenge Area includes collisions identified by the responding officer as occurring at an intersection or involving a train or rail vehicle. The previous SHSP included a Challenge Area that included collisions at intersections, interchanges, and other roadway access; this Challenge Area only includes intersections.  

Lane Departures 48% 45% The Lane Departures Challenge Area includes head-on, hit object, and overturned collisions. This includes instances where a vehicle runs off the road or crosses into the opposing lane prior to the collision. The previous SHSP had a Roadway Departure and Head-On Collisions Challenge Area; this Challenge Area has been expanded to also include hit object and overturned collisions.
Motorcyclists 15% 19% 

The Motorcyclists Challenge Area includes instances where a motorcycle or moped is involved in a collision.

Occupant Protection  19% 11%

The Occupant Protection Challenge Area includes collisions involving misuse, non-use, or lack of vehicle safety equipment including lap belts, shoulder harnesses, passive restraints, or child restraints.

Pedestrians 23% 15%

The Pedestrians Challenge Area includes instances where a motor vehicle is involved in a collision with a pedestrian.

Work Zones 2% 1%

The Work Zones Challenge Area includes instances where the collision occurs in a work zone for construction, maintenance and/or roadway repairs.

Young Drivers 13% 15%

The Young Drivers Challenge Area includes instances where one or more of the drivers of the motor vehicles are between 15 and 20 years old.

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