Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Our overall goal is to improve traffic safety in Maryland and eliminate roadway fatalities and injuries. Since the implementation of the first Strategic Highway Safety Plan in 2003, we’ve seen a significant reduction in traffic-related injuries and fatalities.
The Six Emphasis Areas for the 2016-2020 Maryland SHSP:
- Aggressive Driving. Speeding, making quick lane changes, and failing to give right-of-way are just a few of the many dangerous aggressive driving behaviors. Stopping these dangerous acts will greatly improve safety on our roads.
- Distracted Driving. Driver distraction is a leading factor in traffic injuries and fatalities. The number of people killed in crashes involving a distracted driver has increased in recent years and many thousands more are injured. Getting people to drive free of distractions is the main mission of this team.
- Impaired Driving. Crashes due to drunk or drugged drivers remain a critical concern. More than 800 people are killed every five years due to impaired driving and our mission is to make sure everyone has a safe and sober ride.
- Occupant Protection. Seat belts and car seats save lives. Maryland seat belt use has remained consistent over the years at more than 90 percent. This team is committed to seeing 100 percent seat belt use and to make sure every child is riding in a car seat or booster.
- Highway Infrastructure. Safety on our roads is often helped by better design and lighting. This team seeks to make our intersections better, to make our work zones safer, and to stop crashes with fixed roadway objects. Engineers play a big part in these improvements.
- Pedestrians and Bicyclists. People walking or riding bikes are among the most vulnerable in traffic crashes. The number of yearly deaths has risen recently, and this team works to find ways to keep pedestrians and bicyclist safe on our roads.
The Maryland SHSP defines goals for each of these emphasis areas. Overall, it is our plan for saving lives and preventing injuries on public roads.