SAVE: NOACA’s Plan for Transportation Safety

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Aiming Forward

The purpose of SAVE: NOACA’s Plan for Transportation Safety (SAVE Plan) is to save lives in the NOACA region by identifying actions to reduce the most severe crashes that too often result in fatalities and serious injuries. The SAVE Plan was developed with the vision that traffic deaths and injuries can be prevented with appropriate planning, policies and programs, with a long-term goal of reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries by 50% by the year 2040. The SAVE Plan provides direction that will enable NOACA and others to work together to set goals and work toward the vision this Plan establishes for the region.

A Comprehensive Approach

Achieving a safer transportation network requires addressing the interaction among the infrastructure, vehicles and the skill and behavior of travelers. The SAVE Plan incorporates a “6 E’s” approach into the safety planning process, acknowledging the key roles that engineering, education, enforcement, emergency response, evaluation, and equity all play in preventing severe crashes and saving lives.

6 Es of Trans Safety


NOACA’s Safety Emphasis Areas

After evaluating 10 years of crash data to identify trends, ten emphasis areas associated with fatal and serious injury crashes were identified.  By quantifying the magnitude of the problem in specific emphasis areas, NOACA, its member communities, and its partner agencies will be better able to work together to focus the collective resources of the region on the things that are most critical to improving safety for all road users. 

NOACA’s SAVE Plan Emphasis Areas are:

Safety Across All Jurisdictions

Total numbers are important, but the severity of crashes are also revealed in the percentage of death and injury resulting from the crash.  Intersection, Pedestrian and Bicycle emphasis areas have the highest percent of fatal and serious injury rates on local roads overall, and specifically in municipalities.

Action is needed by NOACA’s partners in local government to initiate engineering, education, and enforcement countermeasures to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes occurring on city, village, county and township roads. In the NOACA region, the majority of fatalities and serious injuries occur on local roads outside ODOT’s maintenance responsibility. 

Fatalities & Serious Injuries bu Maintenance ResponsibilityThis table summarizes total fatalities and serious injuries in each emphasis area, with a breakdown of percentages occurring on locally-maintained roads versus state-maintained roads.  For those fatalities and serious injuries that occurred on local roads, crashes were then analyzed for those occurring on municipal, county, or township roads. The results suggest that most fatalities and serious injuries in these emphasis areas occur on locally-maintained roads, and, of those, most occur within municipalities.

Note: Table reflects crash data in NOACA region for calendar years 2013 through 2017. The highest percentages are shown in warm colors, while lower percentages are shown in cooler colors.

Safe Routes Assistance Program

As part of the SAVE Plan implementation, a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Assistance Program has been developed, to provide jurisdictions and school districts with SRTS planning and implementation support.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a program focused on making it safe, convenient and fun for kids and families, including those with disabilities, to walk or bicycle to school and in everyday life. The planning framework is safety- based, following the 6 E’s of SRTS – Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, Engineering and Equity. To learn more about this program, click here.