Safety

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 may need to submit Traffic Engineering (TE) Crash Analysis Forms to the CDTC which is currently soliciting for transportation projects. Visit the 2019 Transportation Improvement Program webpage for details.

Contact us for questions regarding the Highway Safety Improvement Program

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

Regional Safety Action Plan

CDTC, with assistance from VHB Engineering and River Street Planning and Development, is developing a Regional Safety Action Plan for the Capital District. The plan is being modeled after the New York State Strategic Highway Safety Plan (NY SHSP) which was approved by New York State and the Federal Highway Administration in August 2017.

The Regional Plan will provide a more in-depth look at location based crash data, causal factors and complete streets principles to identify broad engineering, education and enforcement strategies that consider local context. The planning process will analyze crash statistics, 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 identified strategies will be those with the greatest potential to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes and reduce crash rates.

The completed 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.

Email safety@cdtcmpo.org if you have questions or comments. (Note that CDTC cannot receive Email from yahoo.com addresses. Please use another Email service provider or call 518-458-2161).

Watch a video from FHWA on Local Road Safety Plans to learn about the process.

Technical Advisory Committee

CDTC's Regional Operations and Safety Advisory Committee (ROSAC) serves as the Technical Advisory Committee for the Safety Plan. All ROSAC meetings are open to the public and meeting materials are provided below:

Kick Off Meeting Presentations
December 2017 and January 2018):

CDTC Baseline Data

VHB Role (consultant)


April 2018 Meeting Presentation

NEW: Public Survey
Only Three Questions!

What road safety concerns do you have in your community? Tell us!

Focus Groups

In May 2018, two focus group meetings were held to get input on some of the initial crash data summaries and to learn what issues are important to those concerned with transportation safety. Focus group attendees included those from law enforcement, community traffic safety groups, bicycle and motorcycle advocates, county safety educators, transportation providers, among many others.

May Focus Groups Presentation

May Focus Group Summaries:

Focus Group 1 at CDTC Office (May 24, 2018)

Focus Group 2 at Saratoga Springs Public Library (May 25, 2018)

June 2018 Regional Safety Summit

Summit Presentation

Summit Summary

Safety & Security Resources

Educational Resources

CDTC and numerous safety partners have developed a wide variety of Public Service Announcements (PSAs), Safety Education Campaigns and other resources for use in traffic safety education. The following provides links to some of the most frequently used web based materials by travel mode.

FHWA Proven Safety Countermeasures

FHWA has about 20 safety countermeasures that can be used to address roadway departure, intersection, and pedestrian and bicycle crashes. Visit the Proven Safety Countermeasure webpage for complete details.

Pedestrians

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

PSAs - See! Be Seen! Video: Drivers aren't the only ones distracted in traffic today. This video highlights the importance of both drivers and pedestrians paying attention and urges them to See! and Be Seen! Pedestrian Safety: It's no Accident.

Bicycles

See CDTC's Capital Coexist Campaign for bicycle safety resources

Safety

CDTC's safety planning initiatives have been evolving over the last 10 years as crash data availability and quality has increased significantly. CDTC is currently developing a Regional Safety Action Plan which will evaluate regional crash data, with particular attention paid to users of roadways owned and maintained by Cities, Towns, Villages and Counties. The planning process will identify both site specific and system level safety project candidates to compete for Highway Safety Improvement Program funds using a data driven, publicly informed, transportation planning process.

The role of CDTC in security planning continues through involvement with Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) at the county level and providing modeling assistance to law enforcement for evacuation planning.