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Updating Rhode Island's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)

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An RSPCB Peer Exchange


About the Peer Exchange

FHWA's RSPCB Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program supports and sponsors peer exchanges and workshops hosted by agencies.

Date
March 18-19, 2012

Location
Warwick, Rhode Island

Host
Rhode Island Department of Transportation

Key Participants
Rhode Island Attorney General

Rhode Island Department of Administration, Statewide Planning Program

Rhode Island Department of Health

Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles

Rhode Island Office of Highway Safety

Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association

Rhode Island State Police

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Region 1

Georgia Department of Transportation

Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety

Maine Department of Transportation

FHWA Rhode Island Division Office

FHWA Office of Safety

U.S. DOT Volpe Center

FHWA's Office of Safety sponsors P2P events.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Background

2. Preparing for Rhode Island's Peer Event

3. Proceedings

4. Key Findings and Lessons Learned

5. Feedback and Suggestions

Appendix A: Event Presenters, Planners, and Registrants

Appendix B: Agenda

Appendix C: Emphasis Area - Goals and Strategies


1. Introduction and Background

In January 2012, Rhode Island kicked off its Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) update with a leadership committee meeting where key safety stakeholders presented an overview of Rhode Island's accomplishments since initial SHSP approval in 2007. Meeting participants also discussed the SHSP update process and approaches for tracking the Plan's progress. Additionally, the leadership committee adopted the "Toward Zero Deaths" (TZD) initiative. In February 2012, Rhode Island's SHSP steering committee met to discuss next steps on the SHSP update. Committee members described data deficiencies in Rhode Island and the need to track fatalities and serious injury crashes with greater accuracy. The steering committee also agreed with the decision to adopt the TZD initiative. The next step in the SHSP update process was hosting a peer exchange.

This report summarizes the peer exchange sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) that focused on Rhode Island's SHSP update.

Rhode Island's goals for the peer exchange included learning from other States' experiences and incorporating success factors into its SHSP update. RIDOT applied to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Roadway Safety Professional Capacity Building (RSPCB) Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program seeking technical assistance to learn from others' experiences on the following topics:

The event focused on sharing information and best practices for addressing the issues outlined above. In selecting peers, RIDOT sought States with strong data collection and analysis capabilities, experience with aligning safety plans' goals and tracking SHSP effectiveness, as well as success in sustaining and implementing the SHSP. Peers at the event included the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Georgia's Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), and the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT).

Following the peer presentations, Rhode Island's safety stakeholders analyzed the State's current SHSP, highlighting its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. Working in small groups they developed goals, strategies, and objectives for the emphasis areas. Stakeholders then reconvened as a large group to gain consensus on the goals, strategies, and objectives.

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2. Preparing for Rhode Island's Peer Event

Rhode Island's peer event was a joint effort of RIDOT and the FHWA Rhode Island Division Office, as well as the FHWA Office of Safety. Key staff from these offices formed the planning team who spent two months preparing for the peer exchange. Their planning and preparation process included the following steps:

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3. Proceedings

The purpose of the peer exchange was to continue Rhode Island's SHSP update and sustain momentum for the safety stakeholders. Workshop participants included 40 professionals representing 27 organizations and the four "E's" (see Appendix A for the complete participant list).

Welcome and Opening Remarks

The peer exchange opened with welcoming remarks from RIDOT's leadership and the FHWA Rhode Island Division Office Administrator (see Appendix B for the agenda).

RIDOT's director welcomed participants to Rhode Island's SHSP Peer Exchange. He emphasized the importance of improving safety and noted RIDOT's commitment to FHWA's TZD campaign. He explained that TZD is a national strategy that focuses on developing strong leadership and champions in organizations that can directly impact highway safety through engineering, enforcement, education, EMS, policy, public health, communications, among other efforts. The director stressed that the peer exchange is an opportunity for Rhode Island to learn from other areas in the country facing similar problems in their safety programs and updating their SHSP. He encouraged a collaborative environment and discussion with stakeholders and visiting peers to strengthen Rhode Island's SHSP. At his request, all participants then introduced themselves to the group.

The FHWA Rhode Island Division Office Administrator also welcomed participants and reiterated that safety is the number one priority for FHWA. He thanked the partners and peer States for attending and for their enthusiasm for Rhode Island's safety program. He urged participants to learn from each other with respect to available resources and tools for building stakeholder relationships, overcoming data issues, and updating the SHSP.

Staff from the FHWA Rhode Island Division Office and RIDOT then presented an overview of the workshop and background information about highway safety in Rhode Island. Next, peer agencies discussed their experience and perspective on creating and implementing a successful SHSP. Following the peer presentations on day one, breakout groups assessed strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement in Rhode Island's current SHSP. Rhode Island's SHSP Coordinator then presented information on data for Rhode Island's emphasis areas including occupant protection/seatbelts, younger drivers, distracted driving, Intersections and run-off road (lane departure), impaired drivers, and speeding. Using these data, participants spent the rest of day one and the following morning on goals and strategies for implementing the updated plan and on objectives to track performance.

Overview of the Highway Safety Improvement Program

The Safety and Operations Engineer from the FHWA Rhode Island Division Office presented an overview of FHWA's safety program. She emphasized that the SHSP is the guiding document for achieving strategic reductions in fatal and serious injury crashes.

The SHSP Program Manager from the FHWA Office of Safety provided more detail on FHWA's safety program. The primary FHWA safety program is the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). The purpose of HSIP is to reduce the number of fatal and severe injury crashes on all public roads by correcting or improving hazardous roadway conditions or addressing a highway safety problem. HSIP includes a requirement for States to develop an SHSP, which serves as an umbrella document that addresses all highway safety priorities. She also stressed that many States, like Rhode Island, are undergoing a process to update their SHSP. She asked participants to think about how peer States' experiences could apply to Rhode Island and enhance their SHSP efforts.

Rhode Island's SHSP

RIDOT's Managing Engineer in Traffic Design and Research presented an overview of Rhode Island's concerns and issues in updating its SHSP. The Rhode Island SHSP steering and leadership committees focus on identifying opportunities for significant reductions in fatal and injury crashes. Rhode Island is aware of its challenges with respect to data collection and data management challenges. A lack of data integration and data sharing makes it difficult to process data for trend analysis. More readily accessible data would allow for tracking of performance measures and gauging the effectiveness of countermeasures.

Peer Presentations

Prior to the event, representatives from Rhode Island's SHSP steering committee compiled a list of questions related to issues that Rhode Island hoped to address in its SHSP update. The three participating peer agencies developed their presentations in response to those questions. While GDOT and GOHS worked together to develop a joint presentation, they presented separately to offer their respective agency's perspectives on Georgia's SHSP. An overview of all peer presentations follows.

GDOT
GDOT's Safety Program Manager in the Office of Traffic Operations presented an overview of Georgia's road system mileage and crash figures. A unique challenge for Georgia is that its 159 counties require coordination between many local agencies for crash data reporting. Similar to Rhode Island, about 40 percent of Georgia's fatalities occur off-system, i.e., on local or other non-State maintained roads. Georgia's fatality rate has been steadily declining and is currently around 1.0 fatality per 100 million vehicle-miles, which is on par with current national trends.

GDOT is responsible for Georgia's SHSP and HSIP. Georgia's first SHSP attempt in 2004 was unsuccessful and, as a result, GDOT created an engineering action plan for safety in 2005. Later, a safety operations manager position was created to support development of the SHSP, which was successfully unveiled in 2006.

At GDOT, crash reporting, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data, and roadway inventory data are the responsibility of the Traffic Operations Office in the Division of Operations and Permits. All Georgia law enforcement agencies must submit original crash reports to GDOT within 45 days of the crash. The Department of Motor Vehicle Services transferred responsibility for crash reporting to GDOT in 2005.

Recommendations from the discussion on Georgia's SHSP successes follow.

GOHS
The GOHS Operations Manager for SHSP explained that GOHS works closely with GDOT, but is its own agency; GOHS is responsible for Georgia's HSP. He provided an overview of the safety policies and regulatory environment of Georgia and discussed stakeholder and SHSP team involvement. He stressed that the SHSP is referred to as the "Governor's SHSP," which is an important distinction to keep State leaders closely engaged. Like Rhode Island, Georgia has adopted a TZD mission. In Georgia, the highest percentages of fatalities involve no restraint, as well as alcohol, speed, and collisions with pedestrians. GOHS and GDOT work together closely to ensure that the SHSP functions as an umbrella document for highway safety in Georgia. Additional success factors for Georgia’s SHSP include:

MaineDOT
MaineDOT's Safety Office Manager began with a presentation of Maine's safety laws and statistics. Maine does not have a mandatory motorcycle helmet law; its previous helmet law was repealed. The State has a distracted driving law that prohibits texting and cellphone use for drivers who are 18 years old and under. There is a primary seatbelt law in Maine with fines based on the number of offenses. Seat belt use is currently at 83 percent; in the mid-2000s, Maine had the third lowest seatbelt rate in the country at 59 percent as a consequence of the State's previous secondary (versus primary) seatbelt law. Maine is now on par or slightly below the national average fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles. About three-quarters (70 percent) of fatalities in Maine result from lane departure crashes. However, Maine is a relatively small State, which leads to variability in crash data. Keys to Maine's SHSP success include:

Question and Answer and Discussion Session for Peer States
Following the peer presentations, attendees discussed a number of concerns regarding their States' safety programs, including:

Breakout Group Discussions

During the afternoon, breakout groups discussed the strengths and weaknesses of Rhode Island's current SHSP as well as opportunities for improvement, elements to include in the new SHSP, and the necessary resources and champions for future success. The breakout groups were designed to allow diverse stakeholders to work together and build relationships in a collaborative setting. Later in the afternoon and in the morning of the second day, groups broke into emphasis area teams to discuss goals, strategies, and action items. Summaries of findings and recommendations from the breakout groups appear below, by topic.

Strengths of Rhode Island's SHSP
The groups noted that Rhode Island's small size is helpful in bringing stakeholders together and encouraging innovations. Other strengths included the following:

Weaknesses of Rhode Island's SHSP
The groups identified a few weaknesses of Rhode Island's current SHSP, including the following:

Opportunities for Improvement
Based on peer discussions and lessons learned from peer presentations, the groups outlined several opportunities for improving the SHSP in its next iteration:

Emphasis Area Discussions
To prepare for the emphasis area discussions, RIDOT's SHSP Coordinator distributed data handouts for all emphasis areas to participants. Each sheet provided emphasis area data categorized to display trends on demographics, location, time, and contributing factors to crashes. Rhode Island's consultant for the SHSP then presented a brief overview of the strategies and goals from the last SHSP update and demonstrated the tracking dashboard developed for the benefit of the emphasis area champions. The consultant noted that all objectives from the last SHSP were met except one, a seat belt usage target of 85 percent by 2010, which was missed by a small margin. She advised the group that emphasis area champions are responsible for updating and maintaining the tool and noted that if champions are not determined for each task, the task will not be kept in the SHSP.

The groups worked on goals and strategies for each emphasis area by reviewing this information from the current SHSP. The groups' results are outlined in Appendix C. Common themes for the revised strategies include the following:

Next, the groups addressed identifying measurable objectives to track the effectiveness of strategies. Draft objectives appear below:

Emphasis Area Draft Objectives
Younger Drivers
  • Reduce fatal crashes in 18-24 age category by 3.2% annually between 2012 and 2016
  • Reduce crashes in 18-24 age category by 3.2% annually between 2012 and 2016
Occupant Protection/Seatbelt
  • Increase seatbelt usage from 85% to 95% with a goal of 90% by 2016
  • Reduce fatalities focusing on teen and younger drivers as they over-represent fatal crashes by 10% by 2016
  • 3.2% annual reduction of fatal and serious injury crashes
Distracted Driving
  • Establish task force; determine list of measurable objectives by 2016
Intersections and Run-off Road (Lane Departure)
  • Reduce fatal and serious injury crashes by 5% annually
  • Use Highway Safety Manual (HSM) as data-driven process for high-crash locations by the end of 2016
Speeding
  • Reduce speed and aggressive driving fatal crashes by 3.2% annually between 2012 and 2016
  • Reduce speed and aggressive driving serious injury crashes by 3.2% annually between 2012 and 2016
Impaired
  • Reduce annual reduction of fatal and serious injury crashes by 3.2% by 2016, complementing the TZD initiative

Next Steps

Rhode Island's peer exchange concluded with participants summarizing next steps for the SHSP update including:

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4. Key Findings and Lessons Learned

Rhode Island's peer exchange successfully engaged the State's primary highway safety stakeholders in continuing to update the SHSP. Participants provided critical feedback on Rhode Island's existing SHSP, developed goals, strategies, and objectives for seven emphasis areas for the SHSP update, and identified next steps and a preliminary timeline for finalizing the updated SHSP. Stakeholders also learned about successful practices in other States and how to incorporate these practices into planning for Rhode Island’s SHSP update. Finally, participants emphasized the value of learning about interagency coordination, data collection to track fatalities and serious injury crashes, data analysis to support strategies and track performance, and communicating with partners and the public.

Noteworthy practices learned from the event that Rhode Island's stakeholders will focus on included the following:

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5. Feedback and Suggestions

Participants and key staff involved in planning the event appreciated the opportunity to learn from peer States and facilitators. The group was enthusiastic about the opportunity to network with their peers and engaged in creating a document that will make a difference in achieving the TZD goal. Participants indicated that the peer presentations provided good information and guidance for Rhode Island's SHSP update. In particular, participants commented that they benefited from learning how other States are addressing similar data issues and challenges and recognized that improvements are possible with close coordination of partner agencies and improved communication. Peer presentations were also helpful to understand how to keep partners involved in the process and build on the resources and skills that each agency offers. One participant noted that the event "generated great ideas" and the "experience served to regenerate energy and passion" for the update process. RIDOT's Managing Engineer in Traffic Design and Research noted: "The peer exchange was a very valuable learning experience for all of us and we are all grateful for the opportunity to have participated. I would highly recommend to any other state embarking on an SHSP update to take advantage of this peer exchange program."

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Appendix A: Event Presenters, Planners, and Registrants

Peer Presenters
Duane Brunell
Safety Performance Analysis Manager
Maine Department of Transportation
Office Phone: (207) 624-3278
Email: Duane.Brunell@maine.gov
Norm Cressman
Safety Program Manager
Georgia Department of Transportation
Office Phone: (404) 635-8131
Email: ncressman@dot.ga.gov
Randy Clayton
Operations Manager
Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety
Office Phone: (404) 651-8503
Email: rclayton@gohs.ga.gov
 
Rhode Island Event Planners
Steve Pristawa
Chief Civil Engineer
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
SHSP Coordinator
Office Phone: (401) 222-2694 x4207
Email: spristw@dot.ri.gov
Robert Rocchio
Managing Engineer/Traffic Design
Rhode Island Department Transportation
SHSP Steering Committee
Office Phone: (401) 222-2694
Email: brocchio@dot.ri.gov
Sean Raymond
Senior Civil Engineer
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Office Phone: (401) 222-2694 x4204
Email: sraymond@dot.ri.gov
 
FHWA/Volpe
Barbara Breslin
Program Development Team Leader
FHWA – RI Division Office
Office Phone: (401) 528-4301
Email: Bbreslin@dot.gov
Susan Smichenko
Community Planner
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Office Phone: (617) 494-3438
Email: Susan.Smichenko@dot.gov
Kim Rudy
Operations Research Analyst
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Office Phone: (617) 494-3112
Email: Kimberly.Rudy.CTR@dot.gov
Jennifer Warren
Transportation Specialist
FHWA Office of Safety
Office Phone: (202) 366-2157
Email: Jennifer.Warren@dot.gov
Jacinda Russell
Safety & Operations Engineer
FHWA - RI Division
Office Phone: (401) 528-4551
Email: jacinda.russell@dot.gov
 
Steering Committee Members/Stakeholders/Consultants
Gabrielle Abbate
Executive Director
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
SHSP Steering Committee
Office Phone: (401) 421-0800
Email: gabbate@maddri.com
Jamie Hainsworth
Law Enforcement Liaison
MADD RI Chapter
Office Phone: (401) 421-0800
Email: jhainsworth@maddri.com
James Barden
Highway Safety Program Coordinator
RIDOT's Office on Highway Safety
Office Phone: (401) 222-3024 x4059
Email: james.barden@dot.ri.gov
Peter Pavao
Transportation/Safety Engineer
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
Office Phone: (401) 272-8100
Email: ppavao@vhb.com
Pam Beer
Senior Associate
Cambridge Systematics
Office Phone: (240) 274-9715
Email: pbeer@camsys.com
Paul Petsching
Senior Civil Engineer
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Office Phone: (401) 222-2694 x4218
Email: ppetsch@dot.ri.gov
Todd Brayton
Senior Project Manager
Bryant Associates, Inc.
Office Phone: (401) 722-7660 x2202
Email: tbrayton@bryant-engrs.com
Ginna Reeder
Associate
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
Office Phone: (617) 234-0465
Email: vreeder@camsys.com
Thomas Bushell
Senior Civil Engineer
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Office Phone: (491) 222-2694 x4209
Email: tbushell@dot.ri.gov
Richard Silva
Chief of Police
West Warwick Police Department
Office Phone: (401) 827-9015
Email: rsilva@westwarwickri.org
Jeffrey Cathcart
Director of Technology Transfer
RI T2 Center
Office Phone: (401) 368-4850
Email: jcjci@cox.net
John Sullivan
Assistant Attorney General
RI Attorney General - Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP)
Office Phone: (401) 274-4400 x 2375
Email: jsullivan@riag.ri.gov
Linsey Callaghan
Supervising Planner
Department of Administration, Statewide Planning Program
Office Phone: (401) 222-6479
Email: linsey.callaghan@doa.ri.gov
Andy Koziol
Program Coordinator
Rhode Island Department of Transportation - Highway Safety
Office Phone: (401) 222-3024 x4570
Email: andrew.koziol@dot.ri.gov
Gabriel Cano
Regional Program Manager
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Region 1
Office Phone: (617) 494-3427
Email: Gabriel.cano@dot.gov
Francisco Lovera
Civil Engineer
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Office Phone: (401) 222-2694 x4205
Email: flovera@dot.ri.gov
Michael Casey
Corporal
Rhode Island State Police
Office Phone: (401) 444-1316
Email: 136@risp.dps.ri.gov
Phillip Magano
Project Manager
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Office Phone: (401) 222-2694 x4243
Email: pmagano@dot.ri.gov
Emilio Colantonio
Director Office of Community Services
Community College of Rhode Island
Office Phone: (401) 825-2320
Email: ecolantonio@ccri.edu
Christopher Maxwell
President
RI Trucking Association
Office Phone: (401) 729-6600
Email: chris.maxwell@ritrucking.org
Michael Desmond
Vice President
Bryant Associates, Inc.
Office Phone: (401) 722-7660 x2205
Email: mdesmond@bryant-engrs.com
Despina Metakos
Highway Safety Program Coordinator
Rhode Island Department of Transportation - OHS
Office Phone: (401) 222-2694 x4096
Email: despina.metakos@dot.ri.gov
John DiTomasso
Assistant Administrator
Division of Motor Vehicles
Office Phone: (401) 462-5703
Email: John.DiTomasso@dmv.ri.gov
David Raposa
Director, Public Affairs
AAA Southern New England
Office Phone: (401) 868-2000 x2124
Email: draposa@aaasne.com
Ted Donnelly
Sr. Public Health Epidemiologist
Rhode Island Department of Health
Office Phone: (401) 222-5142
Email: Edward.Donnelly@health.ri.gov
Anthony Ricci
Coordinator/Rider Coach Trainer
Rhode Island Rider Education Program (RIREP)
Adjunct Instructor Business Department
Community College of Rhode Island
Office Phone: (401) 825-2090
Email: aricci@ccri.edu
Robert Drapeau, Ph.D.
University of Rhode Island
Office Phone: (401) 874-2109
Email: drapeau@uri.edu
Gregory Smolan
Assistant Vice President
Amica
Office Phone: (800) 652-2422 x22509
Email: gsmolan@amica.com
Paul Zienowicz
Sergeant
Providence Police Department
Office Phone: (401) 243-6279
Email: pzienowicz@providenceri.com
 

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Appendix B: Agenda

Rhode Island Strategic Highway Safety Plan Update
Peer Exchange/Workshop Agenda
March 20 - 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 – Peer Exchange
7:30 am Registration/Coffee
8:00 am Welcoming Remarks (Michael Lewis, Rhode Island Secretary of Transportation and Peter Osborn, FHWA Rhode Island Division Administrator)
8:15 am Overview of FHWA's Safety Program (Jacinda Russell, FHWA RI Division Office)
8:25 am SHSP Status Update (Jennifer Warren, FHWA, Office of Safety)
8:35 am Overview of RI's SHSP/Workshop Overview and Expected Outcomes (Bob Rocchio, RIDOT)
8:50 am Peer Presentation:
(Norm Cressman, Safety Program Manager, Office of Traffic Operations, Georgia DOT and Randy Clayton, Operations Manager, Governor's Office of Highway Safety)
9:35 am Break
9:50 am Peer Presentation:
(Duane Brunell, P.E., Safety Performance Analysis Manager, MaineDOT)
10:35 am Peers/Rhode Island Discussion
11:30 am Lunch
12:30 pm SHSP Update – Breakout Groups
  • Current SHSP Strengths
  • Current SHSP Weaknesses
  • SHSP Opportunities for Improvements
1:30 pm Report Out
2:00 pm Break
2:10 pm Emphasis Area Data Presentation (Steve Pristawa, RIDOT)
2:30 pm Break Out Groups – Emphasis Area Action Plans
  • Goals and Strategies
3:30 pm Report Out
4:00 pm Wrap-Up and Adjourn
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
8:00 am Welcome and Logistics
8:15 am Recap from Day 1 (Jennifer Warren, FHWA Office of Safety)
8:30 am Break Out Groups - Emphasis Area Action Plans (continued)
  • Goals and Strategies (finalize)
9:30 am Report Out and Discussion
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Break Out Groups – Emphasis Area Action Plans for Implementation (lead agencies, performance measures, and targets)
11:15 am Report Out and Discussion
12:00 pm Lunch
SHSP Steering Committee Meeting
1:00 pm SHSP: Next Steps: From Planning to Implementation
3:30 pm Wrap Up and Adjourn

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Appendix C: Emphasis Area – Goals and Strategies

Occupant Protection/Seatbelt
Goals
  • To achieve the highest safety belt use in New England
  • To reduce fatalities associated with no seatbelt
  • To reduce fatality rate below the national average fatality rate
Strategies
  • Increase education and awareness efforts
  • Increase targeted enforcement or enhanced enforcement
  • Collection of seat belt citations, also in electronic format
  • Day and night enforcement
  • Repeal primary seatbelt sunset legislation
  • Work with partners on racial profiling issue
  • Revitalize Brain Injury Association partnership
  • Develop partnerships with faith-based groups and other local groups to educate the public
  • Emphasize seat belt use in drivers education curriculum
  • Use media or social media to spread message
Younger Drivers
Goals No changes to current goal, however some discussion of redefining the age range, currently 18-24
Strategies Comfortable with current strategies overall with the following exceptions:
  • Modified existing strategy #2 to increase public outreach and education on the basics of roadway safety aimed at 18-24 age group
  • Use technology to monitor younger drivers, potentially through a discount insurance program, which would monitor speed, location, etc.
  • Strengthen statewide Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) network and add a SADD coordinator
Distracted Driving
Goals
  • Establish a baseline of understanding of distracted driving in Rhode Island
Strategies
  • Form a taskforce to examine the issue
  • Examine issue, i.e., definitions, data, countermeasures, etc.
  • Review enforcement research from NHTSA
  • Review changes in the law, i.e., hands-free
  • Work with traffic safety coalition to develop data measures
  • Define distracted driving for Rhode Island
Intersections and Run-off Road (Lane Departure)
Goals
  • Reduce intersection and run-off the road fatalities and injuries.
Strategies
  • Direct proven countermeasures at locations exhibiting the most severe safety needs using the Highway Safety Manual (HSM)
  • Continue to enhance States’ data collection capabilities to further evolve the state of the practice for data-driven highway safety planning
  • Use safety performance function (SPF) to determine locations
  • Consider the implementation of proven crash countermeasures including but not limited to: roundabouts, safety edge, rumble strips, median barriers, road safety audits, access management
  • Evaluate implemented countermeasures
  • Increase enforcement at locations with most severe safety needs, e.g., red-light running cameras, automated speed enforcement in work zones and school zones, targeted police enforcement and campaigns
  • Conduct public education campaign and coordination with local agencies to increase intersection and run-off-the-road safety
  • Include information on pedestrians and bicycle safety
  • Involve local communities in decision making process
  • Improve safety for vulnerable users (bike/ped/moped/motorcycle)
  • Target high pedestrian activity locations
  • Consider complete streets approach in design, as appropriate
  • Continue outreach to local jurisdictions to improve safety
  • Reach out to local jurisdictions to form a cooperative effort on intersections and run-off-the-road safety
  • Designate safety corridors
Speeding
Goals No changes to current goal.
Strategies
  • Modify strategy — rather than increase enforcement, say "enhance" enforcement of speeding and aggressive driving laws
  • Keep other existing strategies
Impaired
Goals
  • Eliminate alcohol-related fatalities and serious injuries
Strategies
  • Identify reasons for the lack of access to and the credibility of impaired driving serious injury data, and develop solutions to overcome challenges
  • Broaden public awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving
  • Work with Traffic Safety Coalition to strengthen laws on impaired driving
  • Improve impaired driving enforcement
  • Initiate EMS electronic reporting
  • Track the number of impaired driving impaired driving citations given by law enforcement during high visibility enforcement initiatives and throughout each year
  • Track the results from before and after surveys on public attitudes toward impaired driving (Office on Highway Safety survey and Youth Risk Behavioral Survey)

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