State Highway Safety Report (2020) - Kansas
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 performance 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. FHWA 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/.
More information and resources on Safety Performance Management are available at https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/hsip/spm/.
All State data used to populate the State Highway Safety Reports for 2020 are available for download at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpm/reporting/state/tpm_dashboard_data.zip.
The state of Kansas is fortunate in that both the SHSP and HSP administrators are in the KDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety and Technology. Calculations of the four common performance targets used the five-year moving average data to plan programs, establish goals and track progress. Both plans rely heavily on the same data sources to establish strategies and goals. These data sources include, but are not limited to: FARS, the statewide crash database, and observational surveys. The four identified performance measures – fatalities, fatality rate, serious injuries and serious injury rate – have the same definition and goals.
Establishing targets for 2021 was complicated by two items: the change in serious injury definition that became effective in Kansas January 1, 2019 and the unknown impact of COVID-19. Regarding the former, serious injuries increased by about 40 percent in 2019 compared to 2018. Regarding the latter, much remains unknown; but as of this report, like many states fatalities are up in Kansas while VMT is down. In our new 2020-2024 SHSP, the overall goal of the five-year plan is to achieve a fatal and injury crash rate of less than 35 crashes per 100 MVM travel by 2024. But our vision remains the same: Drive to Zero. These targets help move us toward our intermediate goal, while placing emphasis on our long-term vision.
Safety Performance Target Assessment
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.
|Performance Measure||2016-2020 Target||2016-2020 Actual||2014-2018 Baseline||Met Target?||Better Than Baseline?||Met or Made Significant Progress?|
|Number of Fatalities||411.0||426.2||407.0||NO||NO||NO|
|Rate of Fatalities||1.250||1.370||1.282||NO||NO|
|Number of Serious Injuries||907.0||1,238.4||1,121.0||NO||NO|
|Rate of Serious Injuries||2.750||4.010||3.538||NO||NO|
|Number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries||131.0||151.0||139.2||NO||NO|