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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
All roadway users arrive safely at their destinations.

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:


• Reducing impaired driving

• Increasing seat belt usage

• Preventing or reducing the severity of lane departure crashes

• Preventing or reducing the severity of intersection related crashes

• Reducing the over-involvement of young drivers

The economic impact of crashes in Mississippi is estimated at $3.1 Billion in 2009

This statistic is based on a March 2008 AAA Study, which stated that the human capital costs of automobile crashes averaged $1,051 per person in the United States.  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)

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 current number of 931 fatalities in 2005 to 700 by 2011.  This goal was met in 2009.  In the 2nd Edition of the Mississippi Strategic Highway Safety Plan, slated for publication in 2011, Mississippi’s Goal will be to reduce fatalities to 525 by 2016.

Who is involved in developing this plan?
MDOT leads 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).