Target Zero and Safe System Approach

The Community Traffic Safety Program is ground ZERO for Target Zero! The Northeast Florida Community Traffic Safety Teams work to connect, interact, plan, design, educate, and solve traffic safety concerns as part of Target Zero.

Ground ZERO for Target Zero

The Florida Department of Transportation is focused on Target Zero and employing the Safe System Approach in plans and projects. Everyone needs to share in the responsibility; everyone has a role!

FDOT District Two’s Community Traffic Safety Program has targeted traffic safety issues in Northeast Florida since 1994. We collaborate and solve local traffic safety concerns through education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency services. Click here to learn more about the CTSP and District Two Community Traffic Safety Teams.

TOGETHER TOWARD ZERO

Join Florida’s Target Zero Team. We are asking our network of Community Traffic Safety members and partners to continue their life-saving work and support this initiative. Please click here to download, print, and display this 11×17 poster at your agency to help promote the vision of ZERO.

No Fatality or Serious Injury is Acceptable

Eight people are killed on average, and 49 are seriously injured on Florida’s roads daily. Driver behavior is a contributing factor in most severe and fatal crashes. This initiative focuses on connecting, interacting, and designing our transportation system to specifically relate to motorists most involved in serious injury and fatality crashes.

In Florida, Target Zero builds upon the national Vision Zero belief. Focusing on influencing dangerous driver behaviors before serious and fatal crashes occur. Target Zero aligns resources and establishes actions for all safety partners to take evolutionary steps. Improving how Florida connects, interacts, plans, designs, operates, and maintains its transportation system.

Eliminating roadway fatalities is our highest priority. Of course, we recognize that achieving zero deaths and serious injuries will not be easy and will require commitment, energy, and innovation. Together, we can make progress to achieve our target of ZERO.  

Zero is our goal. A Safe System is how we will get there.

Safe System Approach

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has committed zero deaths by adopting the Safe System Approach to address the high number of severe and fatal injuries resulting from vehicle crashes. This holistic view of the road system anticipates human mistakes. Furthermore, it keeps impact energy on the human body at tolerable levels. Safety is an ethical imperative for everyone, including users, designers, and transportation system owners.

The Safe System Approach is based on six principles:

  • Death and serious injury are not acceptable.
  • Humans make mistakes.
  • Humans are vulnerable.
  • Responsibility is shared.
  • Safety is proactive.
  • Redundancy is crucial.

    Five elements that work together for a safer and more accessible transportation system. Reducing severe injuries and fatalities, as a result:

    • Safer Roadways – This includes design and planning to make roadways more forgiving of human mistakes by separating users in time and space. For example, dedicated bicycle lanes or the implementation of pedestrian scrambles. This is where only pedestrians are given dedicated time and space to navigate intersections.
    • Safer Speeds – The magnitude of speed is directly correlated to the survivability of a crash. Mitigation examples include implementing countermeasures such as lane narrowing or speed feedback signage. Designing context-based roadways that set “target speed” goals. If a crash occurs, it is at a speed at which humans can survive.
    • Safer Road Users – This includes ALL road users and encompasses shared responsibility. Users must practice safe behavior, such as using raised medians that protect pedestrians when crossing and make them more visible.
    • Safer Vehicles – Employing safety measures in vehicles that help prevent crashes or reduce the magnitude of a crash. This can reduce fatalities and serious injuries. For example, autonomous braking, lane departure warnings, and driver alcohol detection systems.
    • Post-Crash Care – Ensuring proper emergency response is deployed, and all traffic incident management systems work in unison. Additionally, this includes the integration of emergency vehicle preemption or automatic crash notification systems.

    Safe System Approach vs. Traditional Road Safety Practices

    Traditional road safety strives to modify human behavior and prevent all crashes. Whereas the Safe System approach also refocuses transportation system design and operation on anticipating human mistakes and lessening impact forces to reduce crash severity and save lives.

    Traditional Approach

    Prevent crashes
    Improve human behavior
    Control speeding
    Individuals are responsible
    React based on crash history

    Safe System Approach

    Prevent deaths and serious injuries
    Design for human mistakes/limitations
    Reduce system kinetic energy
    Share responsibility
    Proactively identify and address risks

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