U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
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.
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.
Office of Safety Technologies is responsible for highway designs and technologies that improve safety performance. Major program areas and initiatives include roadway departure, roadside hardware, retroreflectivity, roadside safety, pavement safety, roadway systems design, intersection safety, Road Safety Audits, speed management, pedestrian/bicyclist safety, local and rural roads safety, and safety countermeasure analysis and evaluation. Each Office of Safety Technologies program webpage features life-saving technical assistance and tools to help agencies improve roadway infrastructure safety.
The Office of Safety Programs is responsible for comprehensive Federal and State highway safety programs and activities that improve safety for all road users. Major programs and initiatives include the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), safety performance measures, Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSPs), High Risk Rural Roads, driver penalty programs and monitoring, data analysis and tools, and coordination with external and internal safety stakeholders, partners, and advocates. The Office of Safety Programs staff also provide customer assistance for local programs, and support for State programs, including policy and guidelines assistance. The Office of Safety Programs produces a wide range of Tools and Technology and Community Resources for improving roadway safety.