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The Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan

The Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide, coordinated, comprehensive, traffic safety plan that provides the framework for reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries on all public streets and highways. It establishes overall goals and objectives as well as objectives and strategies within each of six key emphasis areas. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan is a working document designed to cover the years 2016 through 2020.

Despite increases in vehicle miles traveled, reported traffic crashes declined in Maryland, dropping to a historic low of 96,392 in 2009. Between 2005 and 2009, the number of fatalities decreased by 10.4 percent, overall injuries decreased by 14.4 percent, and serious injuries declined by 39.9 percent. To continue this positive trend, Maryland updated the SHSP in 2010 under the direction of the SHSP Management and Implementation Teams.

Maryland joined AASHTO, other national organizations and several other states in adopting a Toward Zero Deaths fatality goal to reduce motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries by one-half by 2030. To monitor progress toward this goal, Maryland approved interim fatality targets for the life of the SHSP, representing an average annual decrease of 3.1 percent. Each emphasis area also adopted measurable fatality and injury objectives in line with these goals.

Click here to view The Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).

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