STRATEGIC HIGHWAY SAFETY PLAN (SHSP) ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Since the plan was developed, hundreds of safety stakeholders including transportation engineers and planners, law enforcement officers, emergency medical services personnel, and specialists in behavioral education and outreach are implementing the changes that will bring positive results. Following are some of the major accomplishments that have been achieved since the plan was officially launched:
- Received the 2009 Safety Leadership Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in recognition of programs that helped decrease Nevada traffic deaths by one quarter, saving more than 100 lives since 2006.
- Established the first SHSP Strategic Communications Alliance (SCA) in the nation. The SCA, whose members are public information officers from public- and private-sector agencies and organizations involved in traffic safety, advises the Nevada Executive Committee on Traffic Safety (NECTS) and Technical Working Group (TWG) on marketing and communications programs, activities, and campaigns that relate to the SHSP.
- Implemented 1,400 miles of rumble strips on two-lane roadways throughout Nevada to reduce lane departure crashes. The project received press coverage from media in the Reno area.
- Approved funding for five behavioral safety-related projects in Fiscal Year 2009 under the state’s Highway Safety Improvement Program’s (HSIP) flex funding option and approved HSIP funding for two data projects in Fiscal Year 2010.
- Established a comprehensive, broad-based Nevada Seat Belt Coalition to provide education, buy-in, and support for a primary seat belt law.
- Achieved substantial reductions in alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities, from a high in 2000 of 7.91 per 100,000 population to 4.89 in 2007.
- Successfully implemented a Teen “Click It or Ticket” program.
- Successfully formed a partnership between NDOT and the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) to coordinate messages on NDOT dynamic message signs for major DPS-OTS traffic safety campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket” and “Over the Limit, Under Arrest.”
- Expanded the use of roadway safety audits and involved more than 60 transportation and road safety experts.
- Initiated a policy revision in Washoe County to first consider roundabouts when developing new or existing intersection control projects and a new standard to include intersection/road name ahead signs at all major intersections.
- Conducted data review and identified a hazardous location in the Las Vegas area (Lake Mead Boulevard east of Civic Center), installed median improvements, and conducted an enforcement sting.