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Pursuant to federal legislations, the BGMPO is required to set and show demonstrable progress towards meeting performance targets and reflect those targets in their Metropolitan Transportation Plans (MTPs) and MPO Planning Agreements with transit agencies, NCDOT and other planning partners. As a result of its regional five-year average crash rates (Table 1) the BGMPO TAC in 2020 approved the development of a Highway Safety Program (HSM).  The HSM is the structural framework that the BGMPO will use to implement transportation safety measures and evaluate system safety performance. The HSM’s objectives are to raise safety awareness and change public attitudes and behaviors to reduce crash rates within our region.  The HSM is based on the five “E’s” of traffic safety: Enforcement, Emergency Response, Engineering, Education and that Everyone has a role in reducing crash fatalities and serious injuries.  The development of the BGMPO Transportation Safety Plan is a fundamental outcome of the HSM. 

The Transportation Safety Plan (TSP) is being developed by VHB, Inc. and is aligned with the BGMPO 2045 MTP, federal national and emphasis planning factors, NCDOT’s Moves 2050 Long Range Plan, the NCDOT’s Highway Safety Plan and NCDOT’s Vision Zero goal to “reduce fatalities and serious injuries by half by 2035 moving towards zero by 2050”.  The TSP will provide the region an in-depth analysis of traffic safety conditions and produce data-driven metrics that may be used when selecting and prioritizing transportation improvements. For more information, visit the project website: www.transportationsafetyplan.com

Table 1:  BGMPO Target Setting Crash Data

Year

Fatalities

(5 Year Average)

Fatality Rate

(5 Year Average)

Serious Injuries

(5 Year Average)

Serious Injury Rate

(5 Year Average)

Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries

(5 Year Average)

2008 – 2012

16.2

0.913

36.6

2.064

5.2

2009 – 2013

18.2

1.018

35.6

1.993

6.2

2010 – 2014

17.2

0.957

36.2

2.012

5.2

2011 – 2015

17.8

0.972

35.6

1.948

4.4

2012 – 2016

18.0

0.966

34.8

1.868

5.2

2013 – 2017

19.8

1.035

44.8

2.317

7.6

2014 – 2018

20.0

1.014

57.0

2.869

7.2

2015 – 2019

21.0

1.050

74.2

3.674

9.0

2021 Target

19.7

0.982

70.4

3.485

8.1

*Target based on State's methodology of reducing crashes by 50% by the year 2035

Rates are in units of crashes per 100 MVMT

Last update: 8/13/20

Source: NCDOT Traffic Safety Unit