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  1. HGAC Regional Traffic Safety Conference: Partners Embracing Safety Federal Goalsfor Safety Planning John R. Baxter, FHWA Office of Safety, Washington, D.C.

  2. Panelists • Georgia Chakiris, NHTSA Regional Administrator, South Central Region • Ned Levine, H-GAC Safety Program Coordinator

  3. Path to Today • Four Decades of Progress • Joint National 1.0 by 2008 Goal • AASHTO Strategic Plan and NCHRP 500 Guidance Documents • States and Locals Stepping Up • Fatalities at 43,000+

  4. SAFETEA-LU • Recognition of Issue • Increased Funding • New Core Safety Program • Flexibility • Strategic Plan • Other Requirements • Safety Planning Factors, Data, Reporting

  5. Strategic Highway Safety Plans • About Relations • All of the Safety “E’s” • Leveraging Expertise and Resources • Data Quality and Analysis • Respecting Existing Processes • Consistent with Planning Processes • Statewide and MPO Planning Factors

  6. The Relationship Between SHSP and Existing Planning and Programming Processes Metropolitan Transportation Plans Statewide Transportation Plan (Long Range Plan) State Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Other State Plans (e.g. Freight Plan, Ped/Bike Plan) CVSP (49 U.S.C. § 31102) HSP (23 U.S.C. § 402) TIP ( Metropolitan) HSIP (23 U.S.C. § 148) Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

  7. Status of SHSP Approvals Approved as of 10/25/06 (23) Approval by 10/01/07 (20) Expected Approval by 12/31/06 (8) NH WA ME MT VT ND MN OR MA NY ID WI SD WY MI RI PA IA CT NE OH NJ NV IL IN UT CO WV MO DE VA CA KS KY MD NC DC AZ TN OK NM AR SC GA AL MS TX LA AK FL HI

  8. One Season Has Now Passed • 2nd Year of SAFETEA-LU • Strong Response by States, MPOs • Plans, Reports • Continued dialogue • TSP Web: www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/scp • SHSP Peer Exchange in February • Shift from Development to Implementation • Are we seeing increased focus? Adequate resources?

  9. Reducing Fatalities • 43,000+ Nationally is too many • 3,500+ in Texas is too many • 600+ in Houston-Galveston is too many • Opportunity to make progress • Nationally • State level • Locally

  10. Questions? John R. Baxter Federal Highway Administration 202-366-9198 E-mail: John.baxter@dot.gov Web Site:http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov