Elements of the Safety Plan
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Goal 15 - Keeping Vehicles on the Roadway
When a vehicle leaves the roadway, the result is often disastrous. A full one-third of all traffic fatalities involve this scenario. The statistics are even worse in rural areas, where two-thirds of fatalities are due to vehicles first leaving the road and then overturning or hitting fixed objects such as trees.
In order to reduce the injuries and fatalities due to vehicles leaving the road, efforts must be made to: (1) keep vehicles from leaving the road, (2) reduce the likelihood of errant vehicles overturning or crashing into objects near the roadway, and (3) minimize the severity of an overturn or crash.