The strategies and actions for each of the nine emphasis areas chart the way forward and must be implemented to meet the goals of this Plan. Leadership, performance measurement, and coordination are all critical to implementation.
The stakeholders who developed this Plan are also largely responsible for implementing the proposed strategies and actions. Their efforts are guided by the leadership of the ECHS. This leading body is composed of the following partner agencies, each committed to working collaboratively to accomplish the goals:
- City of Greensboro Department of Transportation
- Conference of District Attorneys
- Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program
- Federal Highway Administration North Carolina Division
- French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Governor’s Highway Safety Program
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
- North Carolina Department of Insurance
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
- North Carolina Department of Transportation
- North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
- North Carolina Indian Economic Development Initiative
- North Carolina State Highway Patrol
- Students Against Destructive Decisions
- University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center
The ECHS monitors the State’s progress toward meeting the goals of the SHSP, and the numbers of fatalities and serious injuries on North Carolina’s roadways are the ultimate measures of progress. The following table presents target milestone reductions (expressed as lives saved for fatalities and serious injuries prevented) to achieve the goals of this Plan. The annual reductions in fatalities and serious injuries are in comparison to the number of fatalities and serious injuries in 2013 resulting from crashes.
|GOAL YEAR||ANNUAL LIVES SAVED
(Relative to 2013)
|SERIOUS INJURIES PREVENTED
(Relative to 2013)
Some strategies and actions will take several years to implement and to determine whether a meaningful reduction in fatalities and serious injuries has been realized. This “lag” in effect should not be a deterrent to monitoring the progress toward the goals. Instead, there are actions associated with the strategies that can be tracked to measure the progress of implementing the Plan. Some potential indicators of progress have been identified for each emphasis area. Additionally, the reduction in fatalities and serious injuries will be monitored for each emphasis area individually.
The emphasis areas in this Plan address three crash types that will be monitored by FHWA as part of the MAP-21 Special Rules: crashes involving older drivers, crashes involving older pedestrians, and crashes on rural roads. Regarding crashes on rural roads, thefatality rate on rural roads will be monitored to determine if a specified amount of HSIP funds should be allocated for High Risk Rural Roads (HRRRs). In North Carolina, a HRRR is a rural collector (major or minor) or a rural local road that has a significant safety risk as identified through a field review, safety assessment, road safety audit, or local knowledge and experience.
As implementation moves forward, and as the strategies and actions presented achieve their goals, the emphasis areas most critical to the State will likely change or the focus needed on an individual emphasis area may increase. This Plan is a “living document” in that it can be updated as needed through the inclusion of new initiatives and updates on existing initiatives, as well as the modification and even deletion of initiatives as North Carolina’s safety needs change. The ECHS will provide the leadership for this regular updating of the Plan. Measuring the performance of the Plan—both as a whole and individually—for each emphasis area is important so that the Plan can evolve as needed.
Many of the strategies in this Plan are also included in related statewide plans. As such, the SHSP supports the initiatives of other related plans, including the following:
- 2014 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan
- 2014 State Enforcement Plan
- 2012-2016 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Strategic Plan
- North Carolina Department of Transportation Current State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), 2014
- North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program FY2014 Highway Safety Plan
- North Carolina State Highway Patrol Strategic Plan 2011-2013
- North Carolina Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2006
- North Carolina Traffic Records Assessment 2012
- North Carolina Traffic Safety Information Systems Strategic Plan 2013
- WalkBike NC Plan 2013
The strategies and actions in the SHSP are intended to be implemented in concert with the strategies and actions of the related plans so that highway safety in North Carolina can be advanced in a comprehensive, multi-faceted, strategic manner.