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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Leading the Way to a Safer Transportation System

fhwasa16096.pdf (4.19 MB)


June 2016


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Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Leading the Way to a Safer Transportation System
SHSP Leadership Briefing Packet

5. Report Date

June 2016

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
Cambridge, MA 02140

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

May 2014 to July 2016

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA: Jennifer Warren, Office of Safety

16. Abstract

The purpose of this packet is to provide information to brief leaders on the importance of a state's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), its role as part of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), and why their involvement in this effort is crucial. Leaders to be briefed include the Secretary or Director from departments of transportation, public health, education; Superintendents or Commissioners of the State Police or Highway Patrol; heads of the Highway Safety Office, Department of Motor Vehicles, Emergency Medical Services; Executive Directors of major metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs); mayors of major cities; and key legislators. The information, which can be used by FHWA Division office personnel, SHSP coordinators, and others, can be used at any time but after passage of major transportation legislation or when there are changes in a state's administration are good opportunities to use the packet either as part of a larger briefing on safety or as a way to gain more support for the SHSP. The packet is flexible and includes opportunities for the user to adapt it to their specific needs. Each piece is designed to stand alone and can be left separately or in combination with some or all of the other pieces. Information in the packet includes a fact sheet that provides an overview of the HSIP and describes the SHSP; an SHSP Leadership Fact Sheet; an SHSP template where specifics on the state's SHSP can be included (a web link is included to make it easier to obtain this information); an HSIP template where specifics can be included on such things as how much the state receives in safety funding (this information is available in the state's annual HSIP report); and talking points for the discussion with state leaders.

17. Key Words

Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Highway Safety Improvement Program, leadership

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This information is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages


22. Price


Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)
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