Regional Strategic Transportation Safety Plan

WHAT IS THE STRATEGIC TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PLAN? A regional transportation safety plan utilizes the results of crash data analysis and stakeholder/public input to identify proven strategies, actions, programs, and projects to reduce the prevalence of transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries. The purpose of the Central Arizona Governments’ (CAG) Strategic Transportation Safety Plan (STSP), the process for developing the document, and how it relates to other safety initiatives in the state and region is described in Section 1.0. OVERVIEW AND PURPOSE The development of the STSP is an important step toward reducing fatalities and serious injuries on public roadways in the CAG Transportation Planning Area. Fatalities and serious injuries in the region have fluctuated since 2005, but most of these incidents are predictable and preventable. The STSP provides CAG with a framework for reducing the personal and economic costs of crashes and enhancing livability and public health in the region. The Plan was developed by CAG, in coordination with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), local governments, tribal representatives, and other transportation and safety stakeholders. This diverse set of stakeholders represents the four Es of transportation safety: Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to ensure the Plan addresses the different facets of safety. It identifies the most important transportation safety issues in the CAG Region, also called emphasis areas, and offers strategies to comprehensively address these issues.


State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) play the leading roles in transportation safety planning. However, to make the greatest impact, it is importation to look beyond the traditional stakeholders. Other stakeholders who should be at the table include:

  • State, Local, and Tribal Transportation Agencies
  • Regional Planning Organizations
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Local Law Enforcement
  • Transit Agencies
  • State Agencies responsible for:
    • safety data collection & management
    • law enforcement
    • motor vehicle departments
  • Federal Agencies–FHWA, NHTSA, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • National Organizations–Transportation Research Board, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, National Association of Regional Councils, AASHTO, American Public Transit Association, Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Highway Safety Community–Governors' Highway Safety Representatives, Operation Lifesaver, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, etc.

A Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a major component and requirement of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) (23 U.S.C. § 148). It is a statewide-coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. An SHSP identifies a State's key safety needs and guides investment decisions towards strategies and countermeasure with the most potential to save lives and prevent injuries.

Strategic Highway Safety Plan