"Each statewide and metropolitan planning process shall provide for consideration of projects and strategies that will increase the safety and security of thetransportation system for motorized and non-motorized users."
We have a long list of objectives to accomplish to reach our safety goals, and the Michigan SCP Forum helped us move in the right direction by heightening awareness and increasing effective communication, collaboration and coordination among all the partners
Michigan Governor's Representative for
"Safety is often listed as a priority but rarely receives the attention it deserves. It should be scientifically, seriously and significantly integrated into all transportation plans and projects."
Jill Hochman, FHWA
For the first time, state and local departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are required by law to consider safety as a planning factor.
This raises the question: What is safety conscious planning (TSP)? It is a proactive approach for the prevention of motor vehicle crashes and unsafe transportation conditions. SCP is achieved when:
A series of statewide SCP Forums have been and continue to be conducted across the nation. The purpose of the forums is to facilitate a dialogue among "key players" within a state, region or metropolitan area including planning, safety, research and other interested professionals. The objective is to "jump start" the SCP process by initiating a dialogue, reviewing current planning processes and activities, identifying challenges, opportunities and resource requirements and creating an action plan.
The process is led by the chief planning agency within a specified area. The agency commits to host a planning meeting, invite key players, conduct the forum, document the results and follow up on action items.
"This statewide forum is the first of its kind in Maryland, but hopefully not the last. In fact, I'm going to insist that it's not the last. This is just the start of an ongoing process."
MD State Highway Administration
Improvements in vehicle crashworthiness, driver behavior and road design/operations have saved lives and reduced injuries; however, the nation continues to suffer more than 41,000 fatalities and three million injuries each year because of highway crashes. To reduce this toll, safety measures such as Transportation Safety Planning (TSP) should be pursued early in the planning process. SCP seeks to develop a set of transportation system safety strategies that make it more difficult for crashes to happen in the first place.
When it comes to transportation planning, a number of key groups are involved in the process, including the following:
Responsibility for SCP lies primarily with transportation planners at the state and local levels because they make decisions that affect land use and transportation. However, if SCP strategies are to be comprehensive and fully integrated, planners must coordinate their activities with safety practitioners, researchers, partners and the public.
American Association of State Highway and
David Clawson - Davidc@aashto.org
American Automobile Association
Kathleen Marvaso - Kmarvaso@national.aaa.org
Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
DeLania Hardy - Dhardy@ampo.org
Federal Highway Administration
Roger Petzold - Roger.Petzold@dot.gov
Kathy Hoffman - Kathy.Hoffman@dot.gov
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Brian McLaughlin - Brian.Mclaughlin@dot.gov
Federal Transit Administration
Ken Lord - Ken.Lord@fta.dot.gov
Institute of Transportation Engineers
Lisa Fontana - Lfontana@ite.org
National Association of Governors' Highway
Barbara Harsha - Barbara@statehighwaysafety.org
National Association of Regional Councils
Fred Abousleman - Fred@narc.org
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Marlene Markison - Marlene.Markison@nhtsa.dot.gov
Transportation Research Board
Rick Pain - Rpain@nas.edu