Safety & Secuirty

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)

The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a core federal-aid program that provides funding for safety projects on any publicly owned roadway to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes.

To access HSIP funds, applicants are required to submit the following forms to the entity soliciting for projects. Note there are no solicitations for projects at this time.

Safety Data

Crash Data has become publicly available than ever has technology has automated data entry for crash reports, the transfer of crash reports electronically to the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles and through the availability of online crash data applications in which users can access and wide variety of crash data

The Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) recently unveiled a publicly available Traffic Safety Statistical Repository which anyone can access to review crash data in their community. While this tool does not provide location data for the crashes, it does provide a wide range of useful information regarding crashes.

CDTC staff serves a resource for local governments in obtaining and understanding crash data. Contact us for more information.

Security Planning

CDTC recognizes that the primary responsibility for transportation security lies elsewhere. NYSDOT, other transportation service providers, state/county/local governments, and emergency responders are tackling security planning from various perspectives. However, there are areas related to security where CDTC is already involved. This includes long and short term planning activities and project funding. Although the immediate organizational response to security incidents and disasters will be the responsibility of security/public safety agencies, there is an important role that CDTC can play in promoting coordinated planning in anticipation of natural disasters or criminal/terrorism events. This involves regional coordination, data depository, technical support, and funding. CDTC will consider examination of security issues and incorporation of security actions using computer modeling and scenario planning in transportation planning and investment decisions

Safety Planning

Over the next two years, CDTC will be developing a Regional Safety Action Plan and Safety Investigation Program. This effort will serve to implement a key recommendation of CDTC’s New Visions 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and will build upon the New York State Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The planning process will analyze crash statistics (with direct assistance from CDTC staff), identify emphasis areas, and develop projects, programs and policies that reduce fatal and serious injury crashes as well as crash rates on all public roads. The Plan will support CDTC’s efforts in making progress on the regions’ safety performance by providing information to the region’s safety partners on the specifics of the crash problem in their jurisdictions and to offer guidance on how those problems can be addressed through multi-modal, multi-discipline engineering, education and enforcement strategies. This effort will also guide CDTC’s federal funding (HSIP) programming for projects off the State owned roadway system and will contribute to the broader policy decision making processes for safety on all public roads. A basic outline of the project tasks include:

  • Crash Data Benchmarking - Six (6) years of reportable crash data (2011-2016) for all public roads will be reviewed and summarized.
  • Network Screening and Data Analysis - Non-state owned roadways will be screened to identify locations or corridors that are above average for crashes.
  • Stakeholder Outreach - A maximum of ten (10) focus group meetings will be organized with a wide variety of safety stakeholders to discuss existing safety programs in the region as well as current safety related data.
  • Regional Safety Summit - A summit will be held as a way to collaborate with our safety partners and encourage state and local government officials, staff from state and local government, state and local enforcement agencies, county traffic safety boards, public transit agencies, nonprofit organizations, traffic safety educators, business and community groups, and interested members of the general public to participate in the safety planning process.
  • Emphasis Area and Strategy Development - Based on the data analysis and outreach process, emphasis areas and strategies will be identified for the plan. They will be consistent with the New York State Strategic Highway Safety Plan.
  • Draft and Final Plan Development - A planning document with an executive summary will be developed that incorporates a summary of the crash data evaluated through the benchmarking and network screening tasks, describes the proposed emphasis areas and strategies to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes and crash rates, describes how these strategies may assist CDTC and the region in meeting safety performance targets and identifies a draft implementation plan that makes recommendations for projects potentially eligible for federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.
  • Safety Investigation Services - Technical services will be provided to analyze crash problems at specific sites, in corridors or at locations with common characteristics impacting safety on county, town, city or village owned roads.

Safety & Security Resources

CDTC Safety and Security Plans

Educational Resources

New York State, CDTC and numerous other safety partners have developed a wide variety of Public Service Announcements (PSAs), Safety Education Campaigns and other resources for use in traffic safety education. See below:

Pedestrians

See! Be Seen! Campaign for Pedestrian Safety by the New York State Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

See! Be Seen! Pedestrian Safety Campaign Pedestrian Safety Public Service Announcements.

Distractions Video:


Visibility Video:

Bicyclists

Capital Coexist Bicyclist Safety Campaign by CDTC.

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Safety & Security

CDTC's safety planning initiatives have evolved over the last 10 years as crash data has become more accessible and its quality has improved. New for 2018, CDTC will embark on the development of a Regional Safety Action Plan that will include the evaluation of regional crash data to identify site specific and system level safety project candidates eligible for federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.

For security planning, CDTC continues to be involved with Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) at the county level. Currently, CDTC provides modeling assistance for evacuation planning for law enforcement agencies.