Improving Safety on Our Transportation System

2012-2016 Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Read the plan (PDF, 3 MB)

Approximately two people die every day and another 165 people are injured in highway crashes on the commonwealth's roads.

While the number of deaths and serious injuries on Virginia’s highways and streets have dropped significantly over the last decade, recent trends show national and statewide increases in traffic related deaths and severe injuries. 

The Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is needed more than ever to deliver data-driven solutions to address highway safety needs head on. 

The sole purpose of the SHSP is to provide a comprehensive plan to significantly reduce, and eventually eliminate, deaths and severe injuries on all public roads in Virginia.

Implementation of the plan is supported by the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and the Department of Motor Vehicle’s (DMV) Highway Safety Plan (HSP) in addition to the efforts of a number of other state and local agency safety partners across Virginia.

The current 2012 - 16 SHSP plan is being updated with a new five-year plan. 

The new 2017-2021 is expected to be completed and available in May 2017. 

The 2017-2021 SHSP will provide strategies to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries with a focus on:

  • Speed 
  • Young drivers 
  • Occupant protection 
  • Impaired drivers (drunk, drugged, distracted, drowsy)
  • Roadway departures
  • Intersections
  • Bicyclists
  • Pedestrians

The 2017-2021 SHSP also recognizes three special areas:

  • Safety data improvements
  • Connected and autonomous vehicles
  • Emergency medical services

A hallmark and strength of the SHSP is active input, support, and participation from agencies and organizations involved in traffic safety. 

In November and December 2016, more than two hundred stakeholders came together across Virginia to participate in eight regional meetings and provide input into the strategies that should be included in the new 2017 - 21 Plan.

The goals of the regional meetings were to 1) provide information on the data-driven emphasis areas and revisions to the SHSP strategies and actions; 2) solicit comments on the revised plan content; 3) share the results of regional safety data analysis that provided specifics on traffic problems in the region; and 4) discuss regional priorities and strategies to lower fatalities and serious injuries. Meeting summaries, regional safety data analysis, and the master road show presentation are now available.

safety meeting brochureRoadshow presentation


Bristol:                     Meeting summary     District safety data analysis           

Salem:                     Meeting summary     District safety data analysis

Harrisonburg:           Meeting summary     District safety data analysis

Northern Virginia:     Meeting summary     District safety data analysis           

Lynchburg:               Meeting summary     District safety data analysis

Hampton Roads:      Meeting summary      District safety data analysis

Richmond:                Meeting summary     District safety data analysis

Charlottesville:          Meeting summary     District safety data analysis

Fredericksburg:                                          District safety data analysis


Help with reading the District Safety Data Analysis Charts may be found here.

If you are interested in o helping implement the SHSP in your area, please contact Stephen Read at

Committee members work tirelessly to implement Virginia’s SHSP, but to continue moving Toward Zero Deaths (see and meet interim performance objectives, all transportation and safety stakeholders need to play an active role in implementing the updated SHSP. 

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


The steering committee also includes representatives to obtain local perspectives from the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.

Click here to review DMV’s safety programs, safety grants, resources, traffic crash data and the HSP, which includes user behavior education and enforcement actions and treatments.

Click here to view information on Virginia’s HSIP which implements infrastructure (engineering) actions and treatments.

Click here to learn more about strategic highway safety plans.



Page last modified: March 1, 2017