Each year Oklahoma’s citizens suffer thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths from crashes on our transportation system. The human and economic consequences are unacceptable and unaffordable. To address the safety issues, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is leading a broadly representative group of concerned citizens, agencies, organizations, and advocacy groups to develop a comprehensive approach for improving safety on our roads. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) will identify goals, objectives, and countermeasures intended to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorists, bicyclists, transit riders, and pedestrians. We can save lives, reduce injuries, and mitigate the human and economic consequences of traffic crashes.
The initial meetings of the SHSP Leadership and Working Groups were held in Oklahoma City on December 6, 2006. In a subsequent meeting, participants will establish an overall vision for the SHSP and begin the process of identifying the SHSP’s goals and emphasis areas, the programmatic areas where we have the greatest opportunity to reduce fatalities and injuries. Teams will then be organized to address each emphasis area. These teams will be responsible for identifying strategies intended to reduce crashes and resulting fatalities and injuries on Oklahoma’s roadways. You can make a valuable contribution to the SHSP by volunteering to participate on one or more of these teams to provide your unique perspective, expertise, experience, and understanding of Oklahoma’s transportation safety needs.