Elements of the Safety Plan
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Goal 22 - Creating More Effective Processes and Safety Management Systems
Like other complicated endeavors, traffic safety programs need to be managed well to perform well. Sound methodology and effective, integrated information systems are essential. Using the best among them as examples, existing systems must be upgraded and then begin looking at all phases of highway life, from design to maintenance, from a safety perspective.
Experience has shown that local government and community institutions are often more effective at addressing their traffic safety issues than more centralized levels of government. This is especially true in the areas of education and enforcement. Community-based coalitions of local government, law enforcement, and interested stakeholders have successfully impacted a variety of safety issues in their own neighborhoods, including the excessive crash and fatality rates on principal urban corridors that pass through their communities. Community-based responses to traffic safety problems should be strongly encouraged.