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Maryland Transportation System Performance Dashboard 2016 Annual Attainment Report Highlights

Goal: Safety and Security       

Objectives:

  • Reduce the number of lives lost and injuries sustained on Maryland’s transportation system.
  • Provide secure transportation infrastructure, assets and operations for the safe movement of people and goods.
     

Select a Measure:
          

What We Measure:

Number of traffic fatalities and personal injuries on all roads in Maryland.
 

Why We Measure It:

In line with international trends, Maryland uses reductions in the actual numbers of traffic fatalities and injuries as desired safety outcomes. Injury and fatality data help to assess the effectiveness of the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).

Performance Progress:

  • On average, the numbers of traffic fatalities on Maryland roads are steadily declining each year. Since 2009, there has been a 33% reduction in serious injuries on Maryland roadways. In 2014, Maryland’s fatality rate declined, dropping from 0.83 to 0.79
  • The reduction in fatalities is a direct result of the collaborative work with national, state and local partners. Education, enforcement, engineering and emergency responders, the four “E’s” of highway safety, continue to have a positive impact on driver behavior, working together to achieve a significant decrease in highway deaths from aggressive driving, speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving
  • Pedestrian roadway safety audits were implemented to improve a data-driven approach to the project selection and programming of pedestrian safety enhancement projects and educational outreach

Future Strategies:

  • Focus on geographical locations with the highest crash severity
  • Work with geospatial analysis of crash data to identify high risk curves and screen candidate locations for high friction surface treatments
  • Increase the number of virtual weigh stations in order to increase compliance with federal motor carrier safety regulations and Maryland size and weight laws
  • Develop and implement a communications and marketing plan that addresses high priority traffic safety issues
  • Ensure security on the transportation system ($1.4 million in the FY 2016–FY 2021 CTP for installing security systems and video surveillance at major MDTA bridges)