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Traffic Safety in Massachusetts. State of the State. prepared for Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Office of Grants and Research, Highway Safety Division Presented by Cindy Campbell, Highway Safety Division January 11, 2011. Agenda.

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Traffic Safety in Massachusetts

State of the State

prepared forMassachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Office of Grants and Research, Highway Safety Division

Presented by

Cindy Campbell, Highway Safety Division

January 11, 2011


  • State of the State – Update of Preliminary 2009 Data

  • The Many Uses of Traffic Safety Data

  • HSD Program Areas

    Note: All 2009 data presented is preliminary.

Massachusetts Fatalities10 Year Trend

Source: FARS.

Massachusetts Serious Injuries5 Year Trend

Source: CDS.

Massachusetts Traffic Safety Trends

  • 2009 fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT)  0.79

    • Lowest fatality rate in U.S.

Source: CDS, Traffic Safety Facts, NHTSA.

Fatal Crashes by Month As Percent of Total2009

Source: CDS.

Fatal Crashes by Day-of-Week as Percent of Total - 2009

Source: CDS.

Fatal Crashes by Time-of-Day as Percent of Total - 2009

Source: CDS.

Massachusetts Fatal Crashes2007 – to be updated

Source: CDS.

Preliminary 2009 Brief Overview

  • Fatalities decreased by 16.4% from 2007 to 2009

  • The number of impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes with a BAC .08 or greater decreased by 13%

  • Seat Belt usage rate maintained at 74% in 2010

  • Young Driver (16-20) involvement in fatal crashes decreased 23%

  • Pedestrian fatalities decreased by nearly 39%

  • Motorcyclist fatalities increased 20%

The Many Uses of Traffic Safety Data

Data Types and Sources

Transportation Safety Planning

Metropolitan Transportation Plans

Statewide Transportation Plan (Long Range Plan)

Other State Plans

(e.g., Freight Plan, Ped/Bike Plan)

State Strategic Highway

Safety Plan (SHSP)


(49 U.S.C.

§ 31102)


(23 U.S.C.

§ 402)


(23 U.S.C.

§ 148)



Statewide Transportation Improvement Program









Road Safety


private sector


highway safety





collectors &






Multiple Agencies Use Traffic Safety Data

  • Data-driven Decision Making - Accountability

  • Problem Identification

  • Resource Allocation

    • Roadway Improvements

    • Equipment

    • Staffing

  • Countermeasure Selection and Evaluation

  • Program Evaluation - Is what we’re doing working?

Traffic Safety Is Public Safety

How HSD Uses Traffic Safety Data for Programming

Highway Safety Division (HSD) Partnerships

  • Executive Leadership and Steering Committees of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)

  • Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

  • Safe Routes to School Task Force

  • Preventing Injuries Now! Network (PINN)

  • Partners in Passenger Safety (PPS)

  • Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC)

  • And many others. . .

Traffic Records

Occupant Protection

Impaired Driving

Speeding and Distracted Driving

Paid and Earned Media

Higher Risk Transportation System Users

Young Drivers

Older Drivers




HSD Program Areas

Distracted driving

Distracted driving law now in effect

Distracted walking/cycling

Red light running

Drag racing / Risk taking

Impaired pedestrians and bicyclists

Road rage/confrontation

Young Drivers

Failure to yield

Confusion – messaging/signage (infrastructure)

Unlicensed/ Suspended/ Revoked Drivers

Elder Drivers

Unregistered or Uninsured

No land/right of way to acc. bike lanes (infrastructure)

Other Behavioral Issues

Traffic Record Information System Challenges

  • Data Quality

    • Electronic capture of data

    • Electronic reporting to RMV

  • Timeliness of Reporting to RMV

    • Chapter 90, Section 29

    • requires the chief officer of the police department supervising the accident investigation to notify the Registrar within 15 days

  • System Integration

Occupant Protection

  • 74% usage rate in 2010

    • Highest rate recorded in MA

    • Increase from 67% in 2007

    • National average in secondary enforcement states – 77%

Source: 2010 Massachusetts Safety Belt Usage Observation Survey.

2009 vs. 2010 Usage RatesVehicle Type

Source: 2009 and 2010 Massachusetts Safety Belt Usage Observation Surveys.

2009 vs. 2010 Usage RatesOccupant Description

Source: 2009 and 2010 Massachusetts Safety Belt Usage Observation Surveys.

2010Click It Or Ticket Mobilization Results

Enacting a Primary Belt Law

  • Massachusetts could save (annually)

    • 27 lives

    • 1,032 serious injuries

    • $260 million

  • Increase seat belt usage by approximately 13 percentage points

  • SAFETEA-LU Incentive Grant

    • In 2009 and 2010, MA missed out on $13.6 Million in additional highway safety funds

Young Drivers (16-24) as Percent of MA Population, Licensed Drivers, and Drivers in Fatal Crashes

Source: FHWA, CDS.

Young Drivers (16-20) Involved in Fatal Crashes

Source: FARS.

Impaired Driving

  • Nationally

    • Impaired driving is the most frequently committed crime in the U.S.

    • About every 30 minutes, someone is killed in the U.S. in an alcohol-related crash

  • Costs of alcohol-related fatalities in MA

    • Average alcohol-related fatality in MA costs $7 Million

      • $2.3 M in monetary costs and $4.7 M in quality of life losses

    • Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 18% of the MA auto insurance payments

Source: NHTSA

2010 DDOLUA Mobilization Results

MA Alcohol-Related Citations Written

Source: Merit Rating Board.

Speed-Related Fatalities

Source: FARS.

Contact Information:

Sheila Burgess, Director

Highway Safety Division

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

[email protected]


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