A united effort by state and federal agencies to save more lives.

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Governors Highway Safety Association

Federal Highway Administration

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Transportation Research Board of The National Academies

National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Tools for Life

Funding from The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP Project 17-18) sped the development of a variety of "Tools for Life" to help states improve their statewide highway safety programs.

A Panel of experts representing state and national safety and transportation officials guided the work. The tools include:

The Plan
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan identifies 22 key emphasis areas that affect highway safety and focuses attention on selected strategies. If implemented, they can significantly reduce highway deaths and injuries.

Technology Transfer
A Self Assessment Tool to assist state DOTs in comparing their strategic safety plans or current safety efforts against the Strategic Highway Safety Plan and the strategies and recommendations.

Implementation Guides
Each guide addresses a specific emphasis area in the plan and identifies specific strategies-ranging from the tried-and-true to experimental initiatives that show significant promise. The series of guides is published as NCHRP Report 500. Backing up each of the guides is a set of appendices providing additional useful information.

Integrated Safety Management
Highway safety responsibilities are divided among multiple agencies. To promote greater coordination and cooperation statewide, NCHRP Report 501 offers a Model Approach to Reducing Statewide Injuries and Fatalities. The document offers a host of ideas for integrating and coordinating engineering, enforcement, emergency, and education efforts within a jurisdiction and determining the most effective combination of strategies to deploy.

Web Site
This website is an integral part of the technology transfer process created to communicate information about highway safety research, state initiatives, and other activities related to implementing the Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

Highway Safety Manual
To provide the best factual information and tools, in a useful and widely accepted form, to facilitate roadway design and operational decisions based upon explicit consideration of their safety consequences, AASHTO and TRB are working with safety researchers and practitioners to create a Highway Safety Manual with attributes similar to those of the Highway Capacity Manual. This document will be published by AASHTO in early 2010.  More information: Highway Safety Manual

Human Factors Guidelines for Road Systems
The Human Factors Guide now under development will complement design guides such as the AASHTO Geometric Design Guide, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the Highway Safety Manual, and other key resources that are largely devoid of illustrative human factor principles and concepts needed by highway designers and traffic engineers. The goal is to develop a comprehensive set of human factor safety guidelines to assist engineers and others to achieve safer and more useable design, operation, and maintenance of roadways.

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The NCHRP Story
Learn more about what NCHRP does to advance highway safety

The site is maintained by AASHTO with funding from Project 17-18(2) of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.

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The Plan
What's needed to get the job done. Prepared with guidance from scores of transportation and safety experts and user groups.

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Assessment Tool
Match your highway safety efforts to the plan. Identify gaps that need attention.

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The Guides
Strategies and countermeasures for saving more lives on the nation's roads and highways.

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The Process
Integrating transportation and safety initiatives to deaths and injuries statewide.

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