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Safety

Did you know???

In Ada and Canyon Counties, 45,826 motor vehicle crashes occurred between 2012 and 2016. Over 4,400 of those resulted in injuries, with 202 fatalities.

Of those crashes…

  • 30% were due to aggressive driving
  • 19% were due to distracted driving
  • 40% occurred at intersections
  • 24% involved young drivers, ages 15 – 19
  • 2% involved bicycles, accounting for 3% of fatalities
  • 1% involved pedestrians, accounting for 12% of fatalities
  • 2% involved motorcycles, yet accounted for 17% of fatalities

 

Those are sobering statistics that COMPASS is working to change.

As a planning organization, COMPASS’ primary “tool” to improve transportation safety is to ensure that safety benefits are a key consideration when selecting projects for federal funding through the Regional Transportation Improvement Program, or “TIP.” The TIP also includes an analysis of how each safety-related project is expected to decrease fatalities and serious injuries. COMPASS also promotes safety through educational events, outreach, and sharing data.

 

How do we know if we are making a difference? The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has adopted statewide targets for reductions in transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries. COMPASS is working with ITD to support these statewide targets. Measuring progress – or lack of progress – toward these targets will inform future decisions on addressing safety issues.

What else is being done to ensure the safety of our transportation system?