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Conditions and Performance Report
Appendix F—Federal Highway Safety
Planning and Improvement Programs

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Motor Carrier and Highway Safety Action Plan

Rail-Highway Crossings Program and Hazard Elimination Program

State and Community Highway Safety Grants

 

The safety goal of the Department of Transportation is to promote public health and safety by working towards the elimination of transportation-related deaths, injuries, and property damage. The Federal Highway Administration's strategic safety objective is to reduce by 20 percent the number of highway-related fatalities and injuries in 10 years (by 2008). In addition to the agency's safety goal, Secretary Slater has established a specific objective to improve large truck safety. This targets a reduction in the number of truck-involved fatalities by 50 percent over 10 years.*

The FHWA's key highway safety strategies include the following:

  • Promoting safety management processes: Safety management processes will bring together, in a coordinated approach, the stakeholders that affect highway safety. This includes highway design, operation, and enforcement agencies; the motor carrier industry; and safety advocacy groups. FHWA will work with its partners and stakeholders to develop information and analysis systems to better identify the causes of crashes and develop crash avoidance programs to reduce or eliminate crashes.
  • Deploying lifesaving technologies on the highways: FHWA will identify and promote the deployment of safety technology with particular emphasis on technologies that address high priority areas, including run-off-road, pedestrian and speed-related crashes. The long-term safety strategy is a technology-based systematic approach to enhance the safety of the roadway, vehicles, and users.
  • Focusing on commercial vehicle and driver safety*: FHWA will focus on safety programs that identify and implement innovative and performance-based programs. The agency will promote safe driving practices in the vicinity of large trucks; build partnerships to improve motor carrier safety and performance of commercial motor vehicles and drivers; target enforcement on the highest-risk motor carriers; and identify new technologies to enhance the safety performance and productivity of the motor carrier industry.
  • Focusing on human behavior: FHWA will use its resources to work on educational, outreach and enforcement activities designed to change human behavior while using the roadway environment.

*As of January 1, 2000 the responsibilities for large truck safety were transferred to the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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