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State Highway Safety Report (2018) - California

The following provides a summary of the Highway Safety Improvement Program’s (HSIP) safety performance measures and State safety performance targets. As per the Safety PM Final Rule, States are required to set annual safety targets in the HSIP annual report for the number of fatalities, rate of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), number of serious injuries, rate of serious injures per 100 million VMT, and number of non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries. The safety performance targets are based on 5-year rolling averages. States have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate. The agency encourages States to review data sets and trends and consider factors that may affect targets. The safety performance targets should be data-driven, realistic, and attainable and should align with the performance management framework and legislative intent.

A State Department of Transportation (DOT) has met or made significant progress towards meeting its safety performance targets when at least four of the five safety performance targets established under 23 CFR 490.209(a) have been met or the actual outcome is better than the baseline performance. The baseline performance is the 5-year average ending with the year prior to the establishment of the target.

The Basis for Target and Additional Comments are provided by the State in their HSIP Annual Report and have not been edited by FHWA. Any questions about individual State reports should be directed to the respective State DOT. For additional information about each State's HSIP, the complete reports are available at https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/hsip/reports/.

  • Number of Fatalities

  • Number of Fatalities 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Annual 2,966 3,107 3,102 3,387 3,837 3,884 3,563
    5-Year Average 3,279.8 3,463.4 3,554.6
    Target (5-Year Average) 3,590.8 3,445.4 3,518.0
  • Basis for Number of Fatalities Target

    2018 performance target is a “vision” based target that is based on a year-year decrease of 7.69% from 2017 and onward. CA Highway System Only = 1,354 Fatalities*. For example, when CA State Highway System collision trend is decreasing, but all CA roadway types collision trend is increasing then SHSP can address and focus on other challenge areas that are not within the CA State Highway System.
    2019 performance target is based on current data that is available in FARS. This target is based on an annual decrease of 3.0%, which is consistent with the SHSP goal of reducing fatalities by 3% annually.
    The fatality numbers are the latest recorded data in FARS. From 2017 to 2050, fatalities decrease to zero by the end of December 2049.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2012-2017 Final FARS, 2018 FARS Annual Report File
    Targets: 2017-2019 California HSIP Annual Reports

  • Fatality Rate (per 100 million VMT)

  • Fatality Rate
    (per 100 million VMT)
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Annual 0.91 0.94 0.93 1.01 1.13 1.13 1.02
    5-Year Average 0.984 1.028 1.044
    Target (5-Year Average) 1.029 0.995 1.023
  • Basis for Fatality Rate Target

    2018 performance target, Fatality Rate, is “vision” based on all roadway types within CA using a 5-yr rolling average and 100M vehicle miles traveled. CA Highway System Only = 0.754 Fatality Rate*. For example, when CA State Highway System collision trend is decreasing, but all CA roadway types collision trend is increasing then SHSP can address and focus on other challenge areas that are not within the CA State Highway System.
    2019 performance target is based on current data that is available in FARS. This target is based on an annual decrease of 3.0%, which is consistent with the SHSP goal of reducing fatalities by 3% annually.
    5 year rolling average for fatality rates.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2012-2017 Final FARS, 2018 FARS Annual Report File
    VMT: 2012-2018 FHWA Highway Statistics Series, VM-2 Table
    Targets: 2017-2019 California HSIP Annual Reports

  • Number of Serious Injuries

  • Number of Serious Injuries 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Annual 10,864 10,664 10,995 11,942 13,258 14,180 16,130
    5-Year Average 11,544.6 12,207.8 13,301.0
    Target (5-Year Average) 12,823.4 12,688.1 13,740.4
  • Basis for Number of Serious Injuries Target

    2018 performance target method is a “vision” based target that is based on a year-year decrease of 7.69% from 2017 and onward. CA Highway System Only = 3,521 Serious Injuries*. For example, when CA State Highway System collision trend is decreasing, but all CA roadway types collision trend is increasing then SHSP can address and focus on other challenge areas that are not within the CA State Highway System.
    2019 performance target is based on current data that is available in SWITRS. This target is based on an annual decrease of 1.5%, which is consistent with the SHSP goal of reducing fatalities by 1.5% annually.
    The current data that is available in SWITRS. The number of serious injuries to decrease 1.5% from 2017 - 2050. The 5 year rolling average target for 2020.

  • Data Sources:
    Serious Injuries: 2019 California HSIP Annual Report
    Targets: 2017-2019 California HSIP Annual Reports

  • Rate of Serious Injuries (per 100 million VMT)

  • Rate of Serious Injuries
    (per 100 million VMT)
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Annual 3.33 3.24 3.30 3.56 3.90 4.12 4.62
    5-Year Average 3.466 3.624 3.900
    Target (5-Year Average) 3.831 3.661 3.994
  • Basis for Serious Injury Rate Target

    2018 performance target method is a “vision” based target that is based on a year-year decrease of 7.69% from 2017 and onward. CA Highway System Only = 3,521 Serious Injuries*. For example, when CA State Highway System collision trend is decreasing, but all CA roadway types collision trend is increasing then SHSP can address and focus on other challenge areas that are not within the CA State Highway System.
    2019 performance target is based on current data that is available in SWITRS. This target is based on an annual decrease of 1.5%, which is consistent with the SHSP goal of reducing fatalities by 1.5% annually.
    The current data that is available in SWITRS. The number of serious injuries to decrease 1.5% from 2017 - 2050. The 5 year rolling average target for 2020.

  • Data Sources:
    Serious Injuries: 2019 California HSIP Annual Report
    VMT: 2012-2018 FHWA Highway Statistics Series, VM-2 Table
    Targets: 2017-2019 California HSIP Annual Reports

  • Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries

  • Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities
    and Serious Injuries
    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Annual 3,567 3,623 3,663 3,866 4,225 4,392 4,468
    5-Year Average 3,788.8 3,953.8 4,122.8
    Target (5-Year Average) 4,271.1 3,949.8 4,147.4
  • Basis for Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries Target

    2018 performance target method is a “vision” based target that is based on a year-year decrease of 7.69% from 2017 and onwards. CA Highway System Only = 550 both Fatalities* and Serious Injuries*. For example, when CA State Highway System collision trend is decreasing, but all CA roadway types collision trend is increasing then SHSP can address and focus on other challenge areas that are not within the CA State Highway System.
    2019 performance target is based on current data that is available in SWITRS. This target is based on an annual decrease of fatalities of 3.0% and an annual decrease of serious injuries of 1.5%, which is consistent with the SHSP goal.
    5 year rolling average. 1.5% decrease per year for serious injuries with fatalities decreasing to zero by the end of December 2049.

  • Data Sources:
    Fatalities: 2012-2017 Final FARS, 2018 FARS Annual Report File
    Serious Injuries: 2019 California HSIP Annual Report
    Targets: 2017-2019 California HSIP Annual Reports


Additional Comments

2018 Comments:

In order to get to .0 instead of .4 we will have to change a number for one of the five years and then we would no longer match OTS. The .4 is a result of using the identical numbers for the five years that OTS used.

Safety Performance Target Assessment Summary

PLEASE NOTE: Each State’s safety performance target assessment is based on its own State-specific target methodology and program philosophy. Therefore, conclusions should not be drawn based only on the information in the Safety Performance Target Assessment Summary table. For example, the State may have set aggressive targets, and not met those targets, while another State may have set more easily attainable targets, and met those targets. FHWA understands that each State’s safety program is unique and therefore does not prescribe a methodology for States to set targets. States have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate when setting their safety performance targets.

California Safety Performance Target Assessment Summary
Performance Measure 2014-2018 Target 2014-2018 Outcome 2012-2016 Baseline Met Target? Better Than Baseline? Met or Made Significant Progress?
Number of Fatalities 3,590.8 3,554.6 3,279.8 Yes N/A NO
Rate of Fatalities 1.029 1.044 0.984 No No
Number of Serious Injuries 12,823.4 13,301.0 11,544.6 No No
Rate of Serious Injuries 3.831 3.900 3.466 No No
Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries 4,271.1 4,122.8 3,788.8 Yes N/A

Updated: 08/11/2020
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