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Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in Pennsylvania, especially among teenagers and adults. Over the past five years, Pennsylvania has averaged 1,240 highway fatalities and 3,235 serious injuries annually. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) serves as a blueprint to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways. This plan targets priority focus areas and strategies that have the most influence on improving highway safety throughout the state. The SHSP is developed and implemented in coordination with PennDOT's stakeholders and partners from both the public and private sector representing the four E's of highway safety (Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services).
 
The 2012 SHSP was developed to maintain and build on momentum achieved by Pennsylvania's 2006 and 2009 strategic plans. The document outlined existing and new strategies that apply to all roads (state and local). We are currently using this document as the basis for our 2016 update. This update is intended to be a comprehensive, data-driven strategic plan that establishes the goals and strategies necessary to substantially reduce traffic related fatalities and major injuries in Pennsylvania.