SAFETY: Louisiana coalition develops action plans for highway safety

Sept. 1, 2016

The zero-death goal of a statewide initiative has safety coalitions across Louisiana working to improve highway safety

The Northwest Louisiana Transportation Safety Coalition has developed action plans that could potentially save thousands of lives on Louisiana’s roadways.

Zero deaths is the goal of a statewide initiative that has northwest Louisiana communities working together to improve highway safety. Nine regional safety coalitions have been formed in Louisiana.

The coalition has developed four action plans in four emphasis areas: occupant protection, impaired driving, young drivers and infrastructure operations. Outlined in these action plans are ways to fund and install cable barriers along additional roadways, providing educational materials for school and community presentations, enforcing safety campaigns, hands-on training experiences for law enforcement, and encouraging the use of alternative driving options.

Part of the statewide effort is to reduce the number of fatalities by half by 2030. In order to meet that goal, coalitions have analyzed crash data, identified proven countermeasures, developed action plans and are in the process of implementing those plans.

The Northwest Louisiana Transportation Safety Coalition began working on action plans in May through a speed planning process.

Destination Zero Deaths is the central vision of the Louisiana Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). Led by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD), the Louisiana State Police (LSP), and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC), this strategic plan outlines various ways safety stakeholders can make a difference in the state’s transportation system.