FAQ - Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Frequently asked questions

What is the Arizona SHSP?

A Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide, coordinated plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. The SHSP is developed by the Arizona Department of Transportation in cooperation with local, regional, state, federal, tribal, non-profit and private-sector safety stakeholders. The SHSP is a data-driven, multiyear plan that establishes statewide goals and objectives and identifies Emphasis Areas that must be addressed to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The plan outlines feasible strategies and action steps or countermeasures to address the Emphasis Areas through integration of the 4 E’s of transportation safety: Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services.

What are the Emphasis Areas?

There are 12 Emphasis Area teams and the Executive Committee recommended focusing especially on five Emphasis Areas that account for the greatest number of fatalities and serious injuries or appear to be trending upward. Focus on these five Emphasis Areas (Speeding and Aggressive Driving, Impaired Driving, Occupant Protection, Motorcycles and Distracted Driving) will have the greatest impact on achieving the SHSP goal, and contribute to reducing fatalities and serious injuries in other Emphasis Areas, which are Age Related, Heavy Vehicles/Buses/Transit, Interjurisdictional, Natural Risks, Nonmotorized Users, Roadway Infrastructure and Operations, and Traffic Incident Management. Status as a Top Focus Emphasis Areas will not affect project selection, prioritization or funding.

Why does the Arizona SHSP matter?

In 2015, nearly 900 people died in traffic crashes on Arizona roadways and thousands more were injured. The purpose of the SHSP is to direct transportation-project investment decisions and assure best practices are adopted to achieve a significant reduction in transportation related fatalities and serious injuries on all public roadways. 

Who is involved in the Arizona SHSP?

The Arizona Department of Transportation manages implementation of the Arizona SHSP and is a primary stakeholder as are the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Health Services, Governor’s Officer of Highway Safety, Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association. Hundreds of other stakeholders, representing municipalities, law enforcement, emergency responders, hospitals and health services providers, safety organizations, and more serve on Emphasis Area teams.