Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Highway Safety Strategic Plan

Highway Safety Strategic Plan - 2005

 

Message from George E. Pataki
Governor of New York State


Governor PatakiI am pleased to present New York State's 2005 Highway Safety Strategic Plan. Since 1995, our State has made tremendous progress in passing and enforcing common-sense laws that have made New York's roadways safer. This year's Highway Safety Strategic Plan demonstrates New York's continued commitment to this effort, which includes new initiatives that will help us build on our past success.

This year I introduced a new, five-point plan that will enhance our efforts to remove dangerous and deadly drivers from our streets. Under this plan, the State would more aggressively crack down on dangerous drivers by increasing penalties for those drivers who cause serious injury or death and who are operating without a license. I have also proposed the Pena- Herrera DWI Omnibus Bill, which would better protect motorists and pedestrians from drunk and drugged drivers. This new Legislation would increase penalties for crimes related to driving while intoxicated, allow for consecutive sentences, and create new crimes for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We are going to push hard to ensure both of these worthwhile measures are enacted into law.

These new initiatives will complement the strong measures we already have in place to increase safety on our roadways.

Three years ago, New York became the first state in the country to enact legislation prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving without a "hands-free" device. This bold initiative has protected both motorists and pedestrians from careless vehicular accidents that can have potentially fatal consequences. In July of 2003, we lowered the BAC level to .08 in New York, which will save lives and send a strong message to motorists that our State has a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving. In addition, our Buckle Up New York/Click It or Ticket program continues to help save lives by encouraging more people to wear their seatbelt. Thanks to this important program, the Statewide usage rate for seatbelts is now 85%.

With the submission of our 2005 Highway Safety Strategic Plan, we will continue our comprehensive efforts to keep New York's roadways as safe as possible. I would like to once again thank each and every member of New York State's traffic safety community for their dedication and hard work.

 

Message from Ray Martinez
Chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee


Commissioner MartinezGovernor Pataki and I are pleased to present New York's 2005 Highway Safety Strategic Plan. This plan states goals and objectives for reducing the number of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our highways. New York's comprehensive and coordinated program to increase highway safety uses the proven strategies of public information, education, enforcement, and engineering improvements.

Our priorities this year will be to combat impaired driving, to reduce the incidence of speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors, and to continue to increase the use of occupant restraints. We have a very strong traffic safety program and I know we will be successful in building on our previous accomplishments in each of these program areas.

Once again, I thank you for your continuing efforts to make New York's roads safer and I look forward to working with you in the coming year.

 

Highway Safety Strategic Plan 2005

2005 HIGHWAY SAFETY
STRATEGIC PLAN

 

INTRODUCTION

In preparing its 2005 Highway Safety Strategic Plan, New York continued a performance-based approach to the planning and management of the state's program. The intent of New York's strategic planning process is to provide a documented, proactive method for setting priorities for the state's highway safety program.

The top priorities of Governor Pataki's 2004 highway safety program are increasing the use of occupant restraints; the reduction of unsafe driving behaviors, including speeding and impaired driving; improving the safety of pedestrians; and stemming the rise in motorcycle fatalities. This document outlines the major highway safety problems that have been identified and presents short-term and long-term performance goals for improvements in these areas. In addition to comprehensive statewide goals, specific goals and objectives for each major program area have been established. Brief descriptions of the current status, goals, and objectives of the statewide highway safety program and the major program areas follow.

At the time this Highway Safety Strategic Plan was prepared, the most recent available complete set of crash data was for 2001 and these data were used to set the goals related to crashes. Limited data were available for fatal crashes and fatalities for 2002 and 2003. Where available, the most recent fatality data were used as the base to set goals. Goals related to tickets used 2003 data as the base.

 

STATEWIDE HIGHWAY
SAFETY PROGRAM

Statewide Highway Safety Program

 

The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) provides leadership and support for the attainment of the traffic safety goals through its administration of the federal 402 program, the various TEA-21 incentive grants awarded to the state, and grants under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of2004. A crucial part of the process is problem identification which is accomplished through analyses of crash, fatality, and injury measures such as those presented below.

At the time this Highway Safety Strategic Plan was prepared, the most recent available complete set of crash data was for 2001. Limited data were available for fatal crashes and fatalities for 2002 and 2003. In setting goals related to fatal crash and fatality data, the 2003 fatal crash and fatality data were used as the base. In setting goals related to injuries, the 2001 data set was used. It is important to note that the data for 2001 are not strictly comparable to the data for either earlier or subsequent years, since the 2001 data set was derived using two different methodologies, which included data being converted from the Department of Motor Vehicle's legacy accident file and data being entered directly into the Department's new accident information system (AIS). Furthermore, changes in data collection that began during 2001 with respect to property damage crashes have had an impact on the total number of crashes, since the changes result in fewer property damage crashes being captured in the AIS.

 

NEW YORK STATE CRASH, FATALITY, AND INJURY MEASURES
1999 - 2003

  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003* 2005
Goal
2009
Goal
Fatalities 1,584 1,444 1,554 1,509 1,476 1,455 1,400
Fatal Crash Rate/ 100 million VMT 1.15 1.08 1.09 1.04 n/a 1.00 0.95
Mean Severity of Injury (MSI) 1.274 1.249 1.259 n/a n/a 1.230 1.200
*  Preliminary data based on completed cases as of June 2004

 

Over the five-years, 1999 to 2003, an average of 1,513 people died each year as a result of motor vehicle crashes in New York State. The fatal crash rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) declined between 1999 and 2002. For each of these years, New York State's fatal crash rate was consistently below the national level. As indicated by the MSI, the severity of injuries suffered in crashes declined between 1999 and 2000, then increased slightly in 2001.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The overall goals of New York's highway safety program are to prevent motor vehicle crashes, save lives, and reduce the severity of the injuries suffered. A comprehensive approach will be undertaken with strategies implemented in all of the major highway safety program areas. The effectiveness of the collective efforts will be assessed through changes in fatality and injury measures.

 

IMPAIRED DRIVING

Impaired Driving

 

Alcohol and other drug-impaired driving continues to threaten the safety of all road users in New York State. As part of its long-term commitment to improve highway safety, New York conducts a vigorous campaign to fight impaired driving. Enhanced enforcement efforts have been successfully coupled with increased public information and education to produce very positive results.

Effective September 30, 2003, a new law was signed by Governor Pataki to provide additional penalties for certain repeat alcohol offenses. Persons convicted of DWI, after being convicted of DWI within the previous five years, will be sentenced to imprisonment-or community service. In addition, the law requires installation of an ignition interlock device and assessment of their alcohol abuse. This law that targets the multiple offender protects the public and will ratchet-up the penalties for repeat DWI offenders. Increasing the penalties provides an opportunity for offenders with the disease of alcoholism to look at their denial systems, thereby increasing the possibility of individuals being receptive to substance abuse treatment.

Effective July 1,2003, a new law signed by Governor Pataki took effect, reducing the per se BAC from .10% to .08%; this is an important landmark in the fight against impaired driving. The new law also provides for the prompt suspension of the driver's license, pending prosecution, of any person charged with a violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law subdivision two or three of section 1192 who is alleged to have been driving with .08% or higher BAC and provides tougher penalties for repeat offenders.

A continuing statewide initiative will unite law enforcement agencies in their efforts to enforce laws governing the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors. The underage drinking initiative, jointly sponsored by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, STOP-DWI, the Division of State Police, the State Liquor Authority, and the Sheriffs Association, calls for continually gathering intelligence on underage drinking activity and promoting a hotline to facilitate public reporting of such violations.

Federal, state, and local agencies; advocacy groups; community organizations; and private sector companies have combined their efforts to raise public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving. By promoting messages that encourage drivers to assume personal responsibility for their behavior, these groups have joined forces in changing the public's attitude toward impaired driving.

Preliminary data on fatal crashes and fatalities for 2003 suggest that recent additional countermeasures to New York's impaired driving program continue to lower the involvement of alcohol in fatal crashes. While the number of alcohol-related fatalities increased between 1999 and 2001, they decreased to a five-year low of 295 in 2003. The number of alcohol-related injuries increased from 8,868 in 1999 to 9,263 in 2000, then decreased to 8,881 in 2001.

 

ALCOHOL-RELATED FATALITIES AND INJURIES IN NEW YORK STATE,* 
1999-2003

  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003** 2005
Goal
2009
Goal
Alcohol-Related Fatalities 333 334 441 363 295 274 251
Alcohol-Related Injuries 8,868 9,263 8,881 n/a n/a 8,730 8,460
  * Police-reported crashes
** Preliminary data based on completed cases as of June 2004

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary goals of the impaired driving program are to reduce the numbers of alcohol-related traffic fatalities and injuries. These goals will be accomplished by increasing enforcement of the impaired driving laws, conducting training programs for police officers on underage alcohol sales enforcement, conducting training for prosecutors, and raising public awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving. A variety of educational programs for drivers under age 21 will be supported. Other measures that target underage drinking drivers and repeat offenders will be emphasized.

 

POLICE TRAFFIC SERVICES

Police Traffic Services

 

Enforcement of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, along with public information and education, continues to be a cornerstone of New York's highway safety program. As traffic volume and vehicle miles traveled continue to increase, coupled with increases in speed, police agencies are faced with increased challenges in enforcing the traffic laws. A proven strategy for success, and a long-held doctrine of the traffic safety community, is that a combination of highly visible enforcement and public information and education is needed to achieve and sustain significant improvements in highway safety. These strategies have the added benefit of encouraging positive behavior such as safety belt use and reductions in aggressive driving.

Although traditional enforcement strategies are successful with the general driving population, different approaches are required for some groups, especially those who intentionally disregard the laws and become adept at avoiding apprehension, posing a high risk of injury or death to themselves or others. This group includes recidivist and high BAC drunk drivers, aggressive drivers, those who continue to drive with a suspended driver's license (aggravated unlicensed operation), and those who refuse to wear safety restraints. For these drivers, highly publicized selective enforcement efforts and targeted PI&E are needed. Such programs targeting impaired driving, seat belt use, and aggressive driving have been very effective in New York and GTSC continues to support successful on-going programs and the development of innovative strategies to address these problems.

Speed continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing law enforcement. Motorists' fascination with speed is due in part to faster cars, better highways, and the marketing of speed in advertising and the media. These trends are then compounded by the changes in the passenger vehicle fleet to longer, heavier vehicles. People leading busier lives and longer commutes may result in motorists being in more of a hurry when driving. Higher speed limits and the associated "spillover effect," higher traffic volumes and congestion, and a growing young driver population, all play a part and add to an already serious highway safety problem. Speeding vehicles pose a serious risk to all users of our highways, including occupants of the speeding vehicle, other cars, trucks, and motorcycles; and pedestrians. Speed-related crashes, like many others, are most often preventable and have large associated human and monetary costs.

Analyses of the 2001 police-reported motor vehicle crash data indicate that "unsafe speed", "failure to yield the right-of-way", and "following too closely" were reported to be contributory factors in 25,834 (8%), 44,454 (15%), and 36,830 (12%), respectively, of the crashes. These actions may be accompanied by other negative driver-to-driver interactions, such as shouting and obscene gestures; these incidents may then escalate into "road rage."

 

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS IN CRASHES IN NEW YORK STATE, 1999-2001

  1999 2000 2001 2005
Goal
2009
Goal
Police-Reported Crashes 313,981 341,459 306,050    
Unsafe Speed 28,408 33,065 25,834 27,938 26,192
Failure to Yield the Right-of-Way 50,033 53,999 44,454 47,516 44,546
Following Too Closely 42,995 46,721 26,830 40,495 37,964

 

Under Governor Pataki's leadership, New York was among the first states to address the problem of aggressive driving, and the Governor proposed legislation to increase the penalties for dangerously aggressive driving. A recent New York State law requires that a component of instruction on road rage must be included in the 5-hour driver pre licensing course, PIRP courses, and the driver's license manual, and questions on this topic must be included on the written driver's license test. In 2002, GTSC introduced a popular new grant program, STEP to Reduce Unsafe Driving Behaviors. Another initiative is the New York State Police Aggressive Driving Enforcement program, which seeks to reduce the number of deaths and injuries which result from aggressive driving through a combination of public education and enforcement.

The New York City Police Department will continue its Combat Aggressive Driving (CAD) program. The program has allowed the NYPD to fund details dedicated to aggressive driving enforcement. The Department is seizing for forfeiture the vehicles of certain aggressive drivers, including reckless drivers, those traveling at twice the speed limit, and those receiving citations for three or more hazardous driving violations at one time. With funding from GTSC, other police agencies statewide are also focusing more attention on aggressive drivers.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary goal of the police traffic services program is to decrease the number and severity of motor vehicle crashes by deterring aggressive driving and other risky behaviors, including speeding, tailgating, etc. In addition to routine and selective enforcement approaches, training programs will be conducted for police officers, probation officers, judges, and prosecutors. Additional initiatives targeting specific issues, such as aggressive drivers, scofflaws, unlicensed drivers, and commercial vehicle operators will also be explored.

 

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

Motorcycle Safety

 

During the seasons of the year when weather permits, motorcycling continues to be a popular sport and mode of transportation in New York. There are many more motorcycles and motorcyclists on New York's highways than in previous years. In 2003, the number of motorcycle registrations topped 241,000, an all-time high. In each of the past five years, motorcycle registrations have increased by an average of 6% a year. Since 1996, motorcycle registrations in New York have increased by 48%.

In 1997, New York undertook a major initiative to improve motorcycle safety by establishing a comprehensive, rider-funded safety program. The Motorcycle Safety Program (MSP) is intended to address driver inexperience and lack of training. Created through legislation signed by Governor Pataki, this program provides instruction and field training to improve the riding skills of motorcyclists. The program, which is administered by MANYS, now offers rider education at 23 public training sites and nine military or police facilities around the state. The program also includes a public information and education component aimed at heightening the awareness of all motorists to motorcycles. In addition, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee continues its ongoing efforts to encourage motorists to be aware of the presence of motorcycles on the roadways.

Motorcycle crashes decreased considerably during the mid-1990s. However, the number of motorcycle crashes has been increasing in recent years. This increase can be attributed in part to the increase in registrations and the continued growth in popularity of motorcycling. The number of motorcycle crashes increased from 4,128 in 1999 to 4,848 in 2001.

MOTORCYCLE CRASHES IN NEW YORK STATE, 1999-2003

  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003* 2005
Goal
2009
Goal
Motorcycle Crashes 4,128 4,211 4,848 n/a n/a 4,750 4,625
Motorcyclists Killed 113 118 149 139 153 138 130
*  Preliminary data based on completed cases as of June 2004

 

Young motorcycle operators continue to be overrepresented in fatal and personal injury motorcycle crashes: over 8% of the motorcyclists involved in fatal and personal injury crashes were under 21 years of age, but less than 1 % of the licensed operators are in this age group; and 31% of motorcyclists involved in fatal and personal injury crashes were aged 21-29, but only 7% of the licensed operators are between the ages of 21 and 29.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary goals in the area of motorcycle safety are to reduce the number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities. Objectives include continued expansion of motorcycle rider education opportunities and examination of the characteristics of motorcycle crashes and unlicensed operators. The strategies that will be used include public information and education and research and evaluation initiatives. Research will focus on identifying trends and issues related to the characteristics of fatal motorcycle crashes and the operators in these crashes, and assessing the extent to which persons continue to operate motorcycles without the proper license. The public information and education activities will stress the need for the motoring public to be aware of motorcyclists.

 

PEDESTRIAN, BICYCLE, IN-LINE SKATING, AND NON-MOTORIZED SCOOTER SAFETY

Pedestrian, Bicycle, In-line Skating and Non-Motorized Scooter Safety

 

Pedestrians, bicyclists, in-line skaters, and non-motorized scooter operators are among our most vulnerable roadway users. (The term, "Pedestrian Safety", is used to refer to the program area relating to all of these roadway users.) When involved in crashes with motor vehicles and fixed objects, these highway users almost always suffer more serious injuries than vehicle occupants. Although crashes involving this group represent only about 6% of the reportable crashes in the state, they account for about one-fourth of all fatal crashes and approximately 10% of all injury crashes. The injuries sustained in these crashes often require extensive medical treatment and/or lengthy rehabilitation. Treatment and rehabilitation for older injured pedestrians may be even more protracted, resulting in increased costs. For these reasons, GTSC has identified Pedestrian Safety as a priority for FFY 2005.

It is also important to note that Governor Pataki signed legislation improving pedestrian safety by simplifying New York State's law regarding pedestrian right-of-way in crosswalks. Since January 19,2003, drivers must yield to pedestrians walking in a crosswalk in both halves of the street where a traffic signal is not present or operating. This replaced the previous law that required drivers to yield to pedestrians only in their half of the crosswalk.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

 

PEDESTRIANS KILLED AND INJURED IN NEW YORK STATE, 1999-2003

  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003* 2005
Goal
2009
Goal
Pedestrians Killed (NYS) 383 335 358 326 327 318 298
     in New York City 186 180 186 156 162 155 150
Pedestrians Injured (NYS) 17,966 17,320 18,504 n/a n/a 17,570 17,030
*  Preliminary data based on completed cases as of June 2004

 

From 1999 to 2003, an average of 346 pedestrians were killed each year. Approximately half of all pedestrian fatalities occurred in New York City. From 1999 to 2001, an average of 17,930 pedestrians were injured each year.

BICYCLE SAFETY

Over the five-year period, 1999-2003, 34 to 45 bicyclists have been killed each year in motor vehicle crashes. New York State's law requiring children under age 14 to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle was implemented to mitigate the severity of injuries. Efforts to prevent bicycle crashes through education and increased public awareness for both bicyclists and motorists will continue.

 

BICYCLISTS KILLED AND INJURED IN NEW YORK STATE, 1999-2003

  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003* 2005
Goal
2009
Goal
Bicyclists Killed (NYS) 45 38 42 34 38 34 30
     In New York City 27 15 15 18 16 14 12
Bicyclists Injured (NYS) 7,787 7,061 6,749 n/a n/a 6,425 6,300

 

IN-LINE SKATING SAFETY

In-line skating remains a popular activity in New York State. Although primarily considered to be a recreational activity, it is also used by messenger/delivery services in the New York City metropolitan area. Since January 1996, when legislation signed by Governor Pataki became effective, children under age 14 have been required to wear a helmet when skating. In July 1996, a revised police crash report form was distributed to enforcement agencies. The new form allows for the capture of information on in-line skating crashes, including the type of safety equipment used by skaters. At this time, the number of crashes involving in-line skaters is too small to allow meaningful analyses. Many localities are beginning to track the data and have expanded their traffic safety programs to include in-line skating safety issues.

NON-MOTORIZED SCOOTER SAFETY

The popularity of scooters in New York State over the past several years has been paralleled by a substantial rise in scooter-related injuries. Since July 1, 2002, it has been illegal for persons 13 years of age or younger to operate a scooter or ride as a passenger on a scooter without wearing an approved bicycle helmet.

The growing problem with scooter safety centers on the devices that are motorized, but are not equipped to be registered as motor vehicles. Currently, these types of scooters are illegal to use on New York's roadways and in areas used by pedestrians and bicyclists. To address the issue of scooter safety, the GTSC is focusing its efforts on educating potential consumers about the improper and potentially illegal use of these devices.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary goals of the pedestrian, bicycle, in-line skating, and non-motorized scooter safety programs are to reduce the number of pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, and scooter riders killed and injured. These goals will be accomplished by providing safety education to both the general public and specific target groups, developing and evaluating engineering solutions to address these problems, and expanding helmet distribution programs. Community-based programs will play a major role in these efforts. Research and evaluation activities will be undertaken to assist in defining the scope and nature of the various safety issues, assess program effectiveness, and identify potential countermeasures.

 

OCCUPANT PROTECTION

Occupant Protection

 

Twenty years ago New York became the first state to pass a mandatory seat belt law. Nearly all states have since followed suit, and nationally occupant protection has risen to a level commensurate with its life saving potential. The evolution of seat belt programs, from first requiring seat belts to be installed by auto manufacturers in the 1960s, to national "mobilizations" has been remarkable, as has been the increase in usage. As with impaired driving, social norms regarding the use of safety restraints, especially for children, have changed radically.

Throughout this progression, the seat belt compliance rate gradually increased in New York, until it leveled off in the mid-1990s at about 75 percent. It was at that point that highway safety professionals came together and rallied behind a new program called Buckle Up New York.  BUNY, as it has come to be known, is a high-visibility, multi-agency, zero-tolerance enforcement and PI&E campaign. Through this program, unprecedented numbers of seat belt tickets have been issued by police and public awareness is at an all time high; New York's seat belt compliance rate has risen to an historic high of 85 percent (based on the June 2004 observational survey).

Legislation has passed both houses of the New York State Legislature to require booster seats for all children ages four to seven. Implementation of the law will be a principal focus of FFY 2005.

 

PROPORTION OF VEHICLE OCCUPANTS COVERED BY NEW YORK STATE'S
SEAT BELT LAW KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASHES  1999-2001

  1999 2000 2001 2005
Goal
2009
Goal
Fatalities .13% .11% .14% .12% .11%
Serious Injuries 1.57% 1.37% 1.45% 1.40% 1.34%

 

The proportion of fatalities among vehicle occupants covered by the seat belt law declined from 1999 to 2000, then increased in 2001. The proportion of covered occupants receiving serious injuries also declined in 2000 and rose in 2001.

 

MEAN SEVERITY OF INJURY (MSI) FOR VEHICLE OCCUPANTS
COVERED BY NEW YORK STATE'S SEAT BELT LAW, 1999-2001

1999 2000 2001 2005 Goal 2009 Goal
1.245 1.224 1.222 1.210 1.195

 

Over the period 1999 to 2001, the Mean Severity of Injury (MSI) measure indicates a decrease in the severity of injuries suffered by vehicle occupants covered by the seat belt law. In calculating the MSI, a weight of 4 is assigned to a fatality, 3 to a serious injury, 2 to a moderate injury, and 1 to a minor injury. Between 1999 and 2001, the MSI declined from 1.245 to 1.222.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary goals of the occupant protection program are to decrease the number of vehicle occupants killed and to mitigate the severity of the injuries suffered. This will be accomplished by encouraging seat belt use and enhancing the safety of young passengers by increasing the number of children 12 and under who ride in the back seat and the number of children who are properly restrained in child safety seats. The strategies identified for accomplishing these goals include enforcement, research to identify target groups of motorists who do not comply with the law, public information and education, and child passenger safety training. Additional permanent child safety seat fitting stations will be established, with an emphasis on stations in culturally-diverse communities, staffed by bi-lingual certified technicians.

 

TRAFFIC RECORDS

Traffic Records

 

Access to traffic records data continues to be a critical component of the performance-based program planning processes used by traffic safety agencies and organizations to develop traffic safety initiatives. As changes occur in demographics, traffic patterns, and conditions of the highway infrastructure at both the state and local levels, identifying the nature and location of traffic safety problems presents a significant challenge to the state's highway safety community. In developing appropriate countermeasures to meet these challenges, traffic safety professionals need data on crashes and injuries, arrest and convictions for traffic violations, and highway engineering initiatives. The need for accurate and timely data, together with an ever increasing need for data analysis support, is being addressed vigorously by New York through major improvements in the way it maintains and uses its traffic records systems.

Governor Pataki's continuing support of efforts to improve the state's traffic records systems is evidenced by the progress being made in improving the state's accident and ticket records systems. It is also evident in the improvements made in the traffic-related systems maintained by the Department of Transportation, Department of Health, Division of Criminal Justice Services, Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, and the Division of State Police. Under the direction of the GTSC, system improvements are monitored annually by the state's Traffic Records Advisory Committee.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary goals of the efforts undertaken in the area of traffic records are to continue the reengineering of the DMV accident and ticket records systems, improve data linkage capabilities among traffic safety-related data systems, and assist with the coordination and direction of efforts to upgrade the state's various traffic safety-related data systems. This will be accomplished through support for the implementation of new technologies by state agencies and local police agencies. The strategies include continued involvement in the state's Safety Management System, increased use of technology for data collection and dissemination, the development and use of linked data bases, and research and evaluation initiatives to support problem identification and the development and evaluation of countermeasures.

 

COMMUNITY TRAFFIC
SAFETY PROGRAMS

Community Traffic Safety Programs

 

Community Traffic Safety Programs combine strategies from several traffic safety program areas to address local highway safety problems. Communities within a county are encouraged to cooperatively develop a strategic plan which identifies and documents the county's highway safety problems; establishes performance goals, objectives, and measures; and proposes strategies that target the problems identified. Because of the integral role local programs play in achieving the statewide highway safety goals, increasing the number of counties participating in the program continues to be a priority.

The strategies implemented under the individual community traffic safety programs will contribute to the attainment of the goals established for the statewide highway safety program. In addition to funding local programs, the strategies in this area include the further development of inter-organizational and target group coalitions, the provision of public information resources, and training for community program managers and staff.

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

Governor Pataki's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) is responsible for coordinating and managing New York State's comprehensive highway safety program. GTSC takes a leadership role in identifying the state's overall traffic safety priorities; provides assistance to its local partners in identifying local highway safety priorities; and works with its partners to develop programs, public information campaigns, and other activities to address the needs identified. In addition to the 402 highway safety grant program, GTSC administers the highway safety funds awarded to the state through the various TEA-21 incentive grant programs and grants under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of2004. In administering the state's highway safety program, GTSC takes a comprehensive approach, providing funding for a wide variety of programs targeting crash reduction through education, enforcement, engineering, community involvement, and greater access to safety-related data.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The GTSC's goals in this area are to continue to improve the effectiveness of New York's highway safety program and the efficiency of its administration. This will be accomplished by enhancing the GTSC's leadership role in identifying priorities and establishing goals for the statewide program, improving the coordination of programs and resources, and promoting innovative approaches to address highway safety issues. GTSC will continue to assess the training needs of its partners and identify training opportunities that meet these needs. Communication and access to information and materials will be enhanced through the continuing development of GTSC's Internet site and other channels.