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ADOT updates Arizona's strategic plan to enhance roadway safety

Staff Report~ 11/5/2014

PHOENIX – Public safety remains the top priority for the Arizona Department of Transportation, which is responsible for managing a complex roadway system with more than 7,000 miles of state highways.

Beginning in late 2012, ADOT led an effort to revise the Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Plan, which is a data-driven, multiyear, wide-ranging plan that establishes statewide goals, objectives and key emphasis areas, and integrates the four E’s of highway safety – engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services. The safety plan allows highway safety programs and partners in the state to work together in an effort to align goals, leverage resources, and collectively address the state’s highway safety issues.

More than 300 stakeholders statewide, representing 87 different federal, state, local, tribal, nonprofit and private-sector groups, participated in the 2014 Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Plan, which is now available for the first time online at azdot.gov/shsp.

Examples of the safety efforts from multiple state departments in progress include:

Driving Under the Influence Task Forces in Arizona. ADOT supports these efforts by utilizing its network of highway message boards to display the “Drive Hammered, Get Nailed” reminder.
Distracted driving enforcement campaign in 2014.
New Arizona Crash Facts Report form. The new form, which went into effect on July 1, provides more detailed data about types of distracted driving; secondary collisions; traffic incident response and transport times; and wrong-way driving collisions.
Driving Safety Home campaign to reduce the number of people seriously injured and killed in transportation incidents across Arizona.
“Safety Corridor” on Interstate 17 north of Phoenix during Labor Day weekend 2013.
Expanded car seat law to require vehicle booster seats for all children ages 5-7 and under 4 foot 9 inches in height.
Expanded “Move Over” law to include tow truck drivers, roadside assistance providers, construction and maintenance vehicles, and stranded motorists who have activated their vehicle hazard lights.
Improvement of highway safety associated with wildlife crossings on state roadways, most notably on State Route 260 and US 93.