MS Strategic Highway Safety Plan
 
 
Mission of the Mississippi Strategic Highway Plan (SHSP)

Save lives and reduce injuries by using partnerships to coordinate and integrate education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency response initiatives.
Vision of the Mississippi SHSP
Advancing the safety of Mississippi’s roadways Towards Zero Deaths.
 
What is Mississippi’s highway safety goal?

In the 1st Edition of the Mississippi Strategic Highway Safety Plan, adopted in 2007, Mississippi’s goal was to reduce the number of traffic fatalities from the 931 fatalities in 2005 to 700 fatalities by 2011. This goal was met in 2009. In the 2nd Edition of the Mississippi Strategic Highway Safety Plan, which was published in January 2014, Mississippi’s Goal is to reduce fatalities to 525 by 2017.  As of 2012, Mississippi experienced 582 traffic fatalities statewide, which continues our march toward the 2017 goal and towards zero deaths. While 2013 saw the number of statewide traffic fatalities increase to 613, Mississippi and its safety partners are working diligently to still meet and exceed our goal.
 
Why was this plan developed?

Mississippi’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) was developed in concert with all of the State’s primary safety partners for a committed effort to improve and broaden perspectives on reducing fatalities and serious injuries. The development of the Mississippi SHSP prioritizes and coordinates safety initiatives so that available funding can produce the greatest results in reducing traffic injuries and fatalities. 
 
What are Mississippi’s “Critical Emphasis Areas,” or top priorities, for highway safety improvement?
Based on crash statistics and input by Mississippi’s safety partners, these Critical Emphasis Areas represent the areas with the greatest potential to significantly reduce traffic fatalities in Mississippi:
 

    Increasing seat belt usage
     • Reducing impaired driving
     • Reducing the number of unlicensed drivers on our roadways
     • Preventing or reducing the severity of roadway departure crashes
     • Preventing or reducing the severity of intersection-related crashes
 
 
 
The economic impact of crashes in Mississippi is estimated at $4.5 Billion, based on a November 2011 AAA Study (View Here), which stated that the human capital costs of automobile crashes averaged $1,522 per person in the United States, and the 2010 Census data for the State of Mississippi. Human capital costs are defined as direct costs such as medical and non-medical services and indirect costs, such as the value of production (wages or household work and childcare).  Further, it should be noted that the study found that, nationwide, crashes were 3 times the societal cost, as congestion ($299.5 billion/year for crashes vs $97.7 billion/year for congestion).
 
 
Who is involved in developing this plan?

MDOT led a collaborative plan development process to coordinate the efforts and resources of federal, state, and local agencies and other organizations, known as Mississippi Safety Partners.
 
What funding is available for safety projects?

Funding for safety projects is available through a variety of programs at the federal, state and local levels. At the federal level, the funding is available through the Highway Safety Plan (402 Program) administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) administered by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). These funds, in addition to state and local funds, are available for use to improve safety in the emphasis areas identified in the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).