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The Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan—an integral part of Minnesota's Toward Zero Deaths


The plan was created to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Minnesota’s roadway. Critical strategies address include the “Four Safety Es”, enforcement, education and emergency services in addition to the more traditional engineering improvement. The plans goal—to reduce traffic fatalities to fewer than 500 by 2008 and move Towards Zero Deaths.



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Throughout 2013, we also are gathering input from Minnesota’s safety community and analyzing data to update the SHSP. The new plan will blend crash and other data with input from the many and diverse stakeholders working toward zero deaths on Minnesota roads. Input has been gathered through regional Toward Zero Deaths workshops and will continue, along with data analysis, through the summer months.


Preliminary information about the next SHSP will be presented at the 2013 Statewide TZD Conference in St. Cloud, MN.


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2014 Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan (PDF)


2007 Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan (PDF)


2004 Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan (PDF)

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CHSP Development

Minnesota’s comprehensive and strategic safety planning process began in 2004, involved a cross-section of state, local and private safety partners and culminated in the Minnesota CHSP. Since the completion of the Minnesota CHSP in December 2004, coordinated efforts among agencies to elevate and strengthen the emphasis on transportation safety are credited with reducing traffic fatalities from as high as 657 in 2002 to 494 by 2006. Which means Minnesota achieved the transportation safety goal (500 or fewer annual traffic fatalities by 2008) established in the CHSP two years ahead of schedule. Based on this success and the continued commitment of the State’s safety partners, a new safety goal has been adopted by the TZD Executive Committee — to reduce the number of highway traffic related fatalities to fewer than 400 by 2010.


Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users—SAFETEA-LU Requirements

After the Minnesota CHSP was completed, the law governing Federal surface transportation programs was signed — known as Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This legislation made several important changes to the existing Highway Safety Improvement Program. Two of the most important requirements are that each state develop a SHSP and that it be signed by the governor or designated representative.




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