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The Metropolitan Houston Traffic Safety Program. Houston-Galveston Area Council Houston, TX. Seriousness of Problem. 1998-2000: Houston region - 243,616 serious crashes inc. 1,793 fatalities and 274,926 persons injured The region accounted for: 26% of all statewide crashes

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The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

The Metropolitan Houston Traffic Safety Program

Houston-Galveston Area Council

Houston, TX


The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

Seriousness of Problem

  • 1998-2000: Houston region - 243,616 serious crashes inc. 1,793 fatalities and 274,926 persons injured

  • The region accounted for:

  • 26% of all statewide crashes

  • 27% of all statewide injury crashes

  • 17% of all statewide fatal crashes

  • The region has 22% of the statewide population

  • and, approximately, 21% of the statewide VMT

  • Likelihood of a fatal or injury crash was:

  • 36% higher than statewide average

  • 145% higher than national average


The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

Purpose of the Program

  • Build a traffic safety program that can reduce crashes

    • Map the crashes

    • Identify hazardous locations and area

    • Conduct the necessary preliminary engineering

Implement roadway improvements

Identify funding sources

Leverage local investment with State and Federal funds

Support other safety efforts

Enforcement

Education

Safety partnerships


The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

Program Implemented Through Tasks


The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

Task: Build a GIS-based

Crash Information System

  • Obtained crash data for entire system

    • State roads

    • Local roads

  • Obtain data on an annual basis

  • Developed geo-referencing methodology

  • Added supplementary data sets (VMT)

  • Developed crash analysis tools


  • The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

    Task: Identify Conditions Affecting Crashes

    • Improper driving behavior

    • High-risk population

    • High-risk cities & counties

    • High crash roadways and intersections (hot spots)


    The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

    High-risk Behaviors: 1998-2000

    • RegionU.S.*

    • Speeding39%13%

    • Failing to yield20%19%

    • Failing to stop11%9%

    • Running a red light 8%5%

    • DUI 7%7%

    • (However, involved in 37% of fatal crashes/39% nationally)

    • Following too close 3%3%

    • Improper turn 2%2%

    • * National Safety Council. U.S. average for 1999. Fatal and injury crashes only


    The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

    High-risk Populations

    • RegionU.S.*

    • Teenagers21%16%

    • (9% of driving age population/5% nationally

    • 17% in fatal crashes /14% nationally

    • 19% in incapacitating injury crashes)

    • Elderly (65+) 8%8%

    • (9% of driving age population/13% nationally

    • 11% in fatal crashes/13% nationally

    • 9% in incapacitating injury crashes)

    • Male drivers79% -(Compared to 58% for females

    • 1.7 times more likely to be in fatal crash/1.4 nationally)

    • Pickup truck drivers31%31%

    • (More likely to be involved in DUI crash)

    • * National Safety Council. U.S. average for 1999. All crashes.


    The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

    City Crash Risk

    (Crashes Per 100 Million VMT)

    CityCrash risk

    Galveston 337

    Baytown 334

    Rosenberg 320

    Pasadena 290

    Conroe 247

    Houston 231

    Texas City 211


    The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

    Task: Conduct Safety Studies

    • Identify hazardous locations

    • Partner with local government, TxDOT

    • Conduct engineering study

    • Make mitigation recommendations

    • Mitigate hot spot


    The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

    Task: Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

    • Have identified areas that are hazardous

    • for pedestrians and bicyclists (‘hot spots’)

    • Information is used for bike/ped planning

    • Examine sidewalk, traffic control and pedestrian

    • flow dynamics to identify mitigation measures


    The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

    Task: Improve Truck Safety

    • Truck crashes a major problem

    • 27% of the State’s truck crashes

    • Information provided on location of crashes

    • Support Houston Police Department’s

    • truck weighing efforts

    • TxDOT has implemented “no truck in

    • left lane” policies on several freeways


    The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

    Task: Develop Strategic Safety Plan

    • Have identified 344 major crash hot spots

    • (78+ crashes between 1998-2000)

    • Estimating benefits and costs of mitigating

    • Programming into RTP


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    Costs and Benefits of Hot Spot Mitigation (Preliminary)

    AnnualNumber Estimated Estimated

    Type of Facility Numberof Crashes Cost to Mitigate Annual Benefit

    Freeway 150 7,766 $75 million$58 million

    Intersection

    between

    freeway &

    arterial road 70 3,756 $35 million$28 million

    Arterial road 124 4,930 $62 million$37 million


    The metropolitan houston traffic safety program

    Other Safety Activities

    • Safety services

      • Train local planners in safety planning

      • Safety courses for judges, Mayors, etc.

      • Provide safety materials for schools

  • Safety partnerships

    • Governmental(TxDOT, DPS, local jurisdictions)

    • Private, non-profit (AAA, insurance, associations)

    • Community groups

  • Promoting good design principles

    • Review project designs for safety

    • Encourage constituents to include safety in design


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