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In 2019, Mississippi completed an update to its Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), building on plans from 2007 and 2014, respectively.  Following guidance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the plan identifies the areas of need for the state, and a roadmap of how various agencies and disciplines can make a positive impact on crash issues in the years to come.  Based upon crash data analyses conducted during the plan development process, the emphasis areas selected were: 

  • Unlicensed Drivers
  • Impaired Driving
  • Unbelted Vehicle Occupants 
  • Road Departure Crashes
  • Intersection Crashes

The plan also touches on the topics of distracted driving and data quality, and how improvements in the five outlined emphasis areas can incorporate these topics.  Though the state did not have specific data to support their inclusion, driver behavior statistics and the data needs discussed by various agencies through the process made it evident that these were topics that would be a vital part of any improvements in the state’s fatal and serious injury crashes.

The plan also outlines how stakeholders from across the state were involved in the process, including the stakeholder’s meeting in the summer of 2018.  At this meeting, agencies ranging from the Department of Public Safety to local public works departments were all briefed on what a statewide crash data analysis found, as well as the emphasis areas identified as a result of that analysis.  The group discussed these emphasis areas in great detail and produced lists of strategies that have been incorporated into this plan.

The new plan concludes with a list of screened strategies that can help reduce fatal and serious injury crashes in Mississippi in the selected emphasis areas.  The strategies represent a healthy mix of opportunities for improvement across each of the 4Es: Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency Management Services.  It is our belief that these strategies and the guidance outlined in this document will help reduce crash related fatalities in Mississippi.

 

2019 Strategic Highway Safety Plan. 


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