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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Safety Action Plans

Reducing rural roadway departure crashes requires an integrated, disciplined approach. A safety action plan is a powerful way to prioritize safety improvements and justify investment decisions. A formal plan will also help to communicate more clearly with stakeholders and access funding opportunities.

Plan to get people home safely

State Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)

Safety Action Plans

- Regional Plans

- Local Plans

- Tribal Plans

- Other Plans

Other State Highway Funds
Local Funding Sources

Benefits of a Plan:

  • Communicate with stakeholders
  • Justify safety investment decisions
  • Access funding

Local Road Safety Plan Examples:

Contact your LTAP CenterState DOT, or FHWA Division Office to learn more.

Explore the Other Pillars of FoRRRwD

FoRRRwD is supported by four pillars that work together to reduce rural roadway departures on all roads. Click a pillar below to learn more.


Roadway departure crashes are a major problem on all public rural roads. More than 40 percent of them happen off State networks.

Read more about All Public Roads »


There are many flexible cost-effective countermeasures that are proven to reduce these crashes.

Read more about the Countermeasures »


A fundamental challenge on rural roads is that roadway departure crash locations are random and change from year to year.

Read more about the Systemic Approach »


Documenting the systemic analysis into a simple safety action plan is a powerful way to prioritize safety improvements.