New Techniques to Support Virginia’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan

More than 900 people are killed and more than 70,000 people are injured every year on Virginia’s roads, making road safety a top health concern in Virginia. The Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP 2006-2010) aims to reduce annual traffic deaths by 100 and annual traffic injuries by 4,000 within the next five years. Achieving these goals requires concerted efforts from multiple safety partners as well as a comprehensive, data driven approach. Virginia Department of Transportation has incorporated various new techniques to enhance the crash analysis procedures. This paper describes Virginia’s effort to integrate crash analysis, GIS application, and statistical analysis in various programs like speed zone reviews and road safety assessments (RSA). GIS applications in Virginia crash analysis include: identifying jurisdictions and route segments with the most pressing road safety problems, improving the selection of Highway Safety Corridors and severe crash locations suitable for remedial treatment; and providing significant capabilities in the analysis of the intersection crashes. These new techniques improve the crash analysis procedures and lead to a more accurate and efficient resource allocation for all safety partners in Virginia.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Read, Stephen
    • Sawyer, Mike
    • Li, Ning
    • Lim, In-Kyu
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 2008


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 18p
  • Monograph Title: Compendium of Technical Papers. ITE 2008 Technical Conference and Exhibit, March 30-April 2, 2008, Miami, Florida

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01109098
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2008 8:43AM