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White Papers for "Toward Zero Deaths": A National Strategy on Highway Safety

Started: April, 2010 Ended: December, 2010 Project ID #4W3048 Status: Completed


This project will develop a series of eight white papers that will outline the key issue areas that may be addressed as part of the process for developing a National Strategy on Highway Safety. The key issues have been identified as: 1) Future View of Transportation: Implications for Safety, 2) Safety Culture, 3) Safer Drivers, 4) Safer Vehicles, 5) Safer Vulnerable Users, 6) Safer Infrastructure, 7) Emergency Medical Systems, and 8) Data Systems and Analysis Tools. WTI is responsible for developing the Safety Culture white paper.


While many highway safety stakeholder organizations have their own strategic highway safety plans, there is not a singular strategy that unites all of these common efforts. FHWA began the dialogue on the need for creating a national strategic highway safety plan at a workshop in Savannah, Georgia, on September 2-3, 2009. The majority of participants felt there should be a highway safety vision that the nation aspires to, even if at that point in the process it was not clear how or when it could be realized. The Savannah group felt that the elimination of highway deaths is the appropriate goal, as even one death is unacceptable. With this input from over 70 workshop participants and further discussions with the Steering Committee following the workshop, the name of this effort became “Toward Zero Deaths: A National Strategy on Highway Safety.” The National Strategy on Highway Safety will be data-driven and incorporate education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency medical services. It can be used as a guide and framework by safety stakeholder organizations to enhance current national, state, and local safety planning and implementation efforts.


  • Nic Ward - PI

  • Hugh McGee - Main External Contact

Files & Documents

Sponsors & Partners

  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Sponsor

Part of: Safety and Operations

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