On the Road to Safer Roads

With 175 fatalities per year in vehicle crashes, South Dakota has one of the highest fatality rates in the country. These fatalities cost the state more than $700 million annually. This article examines the state's realistic and attainable strategic plan for reducing highway fatalities. South Dakota's new comprehensive and integrated plan incorporates these critical elements necessary for highway safety strategy: vision and mission statements; data drive; integrated and comprehensive (four Es - engineering, enforcement, education, emergency services); goals and targets; and measurable success factors and time frames. The 11 identified problem areas are: commercial vehicles; data and technology; driver education; enforcement; emergency response services; alcohol and drugs; media; motorcycle safety; safe communities; engineering; and occupant protection. The three critical elements that led to the successful development of the safety plan were: the support of the safety community's leadership; the determination and commitment of the 'three champions'; the strong partnerships among public agencies and private interest groups.


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  • Accession Number: 01006317
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 4 2005 8:45AM