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Vision and Mission of the Office of Safety: ZERO DEATHS

Together with our customers, stakeholders, partners, and other US Department of Transportation (USDOT) agencies, the Office of Safety is committed to the vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on the Nation’s roadways. Within the broad highway safety mission, the Office of Safety's mission is to exercise leadership throughout the multidisciplinary highway community to make the Nation's roadways safer for all users.

The current statistics are alarming – we lost 37,461 lives on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015. This is a compelling reason to strengthen our commitment. At FHWA, we believe that a single death is a tragedy; and 102 deaths a day is simply unacceptable when we possess the tools and capability to help prevent them. We believe by working together to refocus our efforts and build on our culture in safety, we will turn the trend around and realize the vision of zero deaths on the Nation's transportation system.

We work with Tribal, Federal, State, and local transportation agencies; safety advocacy groups; and other partners and stakeholders. Together, we identify safety needs, and deliver programs that focus on roadway safety designs and policies, technologies, and analytical processes that improve highway safety performance. We also administer comprehensive highway safety programs and lead activities that improve safety for all public roadways and road users.

We continuously enhance and sustain a culture of safety within our organization and help our partners do the same. As the lead safety champions within the FHWA, we advocate the integration of safety into the entire life cycle of a roadway—planning, design, engineering, environmental management, construction, and operations and maintenance. We coordinate with other DOT agencies (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA], the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [FMCSA], and the Federal Railroad Administration [FRA]) to develop and implement multi-faceted, intermodal safety programs.

In addition, we work with our partners on a number of zero deaths related initiatives.

How is the Office of Safety Organized?

The Office of Safety staff at the FHWA Headquarters in Washington DC is organized into two program area units. All programs and initiatives are linked directly from the Website Homepage or individual program Webpages.

Page last modified on January 23, 2018
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