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2012-2016 Strategic Highway Safety Plan

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Help Us Improve Safety on Our Roads 
by Implementing Virginia’s Strategic 
Highway Safety Plan

Every five minutes, someone in Virginia is involved in a reported highway crash.

In 2011, 764 people died in crashes on the commonwealth's roads, and more than 63,000 were injured. You may know one of them.

Deaths on Virginia’s highways and streets have dropped by 18 percent in the last decade and by 25 percent since a peak in 2007. The Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is one of the reasons. 

The sole purpose of this plan is to significantly reduce crash deaths and severe injuries.  We are making progress, but more needs to be done to reduce the impact on our families and the economy.

Several of the commonwealth’s agencies have worked together to reduce deaths and injuries on Virginia’s highways. These agencies convened a leadership committee in 2006 to develop the first SHSP for Virginia. 

The committee supports the comprehensive and coordinated improving of highway safety using the 4E approach: 

  • Education
  • Enforcement 
  • Engineering
  • Emergency response 

In 2011, the steering committee, with expanded partnerships, began to update the SHSP based on the most recently available safety information. 

Through regional outreach and specific safety area teams meetings, an updated 2012 SHSP was developed to set the collective safety efforts and initiatives through 2016. 

The purpose of the 2012 SHSP update was to identify high payoff strategies and related actions to target resources using the partnership approach to reduce severe injuries on our highways. 

The plan does not address every safety strategy being implemented in the commonwealth, but focuses on critical safety areas with the greatest promise to reduce crashes and injuries. 

As a guiding document, the plan helps direct agency goals, strategies, actions and performance measures.

Commonwealth agencies represented on the steering committee, along with federal agency partners:


The steering committee also includes representatives to obtain local perspectives from:

  • Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

The SHSP partners and stakeholders believe one death is one too many and have adopted a vision of moving Virginia toward zero traffic crash related deaths, so everyone arrives home safe.  

Arrive Alive Virginia is the slogan for the plan. The goal is to reduce deaths and severe injuries by half by 2030, which equates to about a three percent reduction each year.

Click here to review the 2012 Strategic Highway Safety Plan report.

Click here to review DMV’s Safety Grant Resources and the Virginia Highway Safety Plan to implement user behavior education and enforcement actions and treatments.

Click here to view information on Virginia’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to implement infrastructure (engineering) actions and treatments.

 We want to know:

  •  How can you or your organization help reduce vehicle crash injuries and deaths?

  •  What safety solutions are you most interested in learning more about?

  •  What are the transportation safety issues in your area?

  •  How can we improve driver behavior?

Submit comments or questions to

Or write:

Virginia Department of Transportation
Attn: Virginia Safety Plan
Traffic Engineering Division
1401 E. Broad St., Room 207
Richmond, VA 23219


Page last modified: Feb. 15, 2013