The MPO is working to improve safety for all walkers, bicyclists, and drivers.

The goal of the Safety | Security performance measure is to improve the safety and security of the transportation system for all users. Focusing specifically on the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), five performance measures have been established for evaluating safe traveling conditions on the highway system. These measures, which became effective on April 14, 2016, were developed to consider the safety of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The goal of the HSIP is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads and is supported by the following five performance measures established under MAP-21.

  1. Number of fatalities
  2. Rate of fatalities (measured against roadway traffic volumes)
  3. Number of serious injuries
  4. Rate of serious injuries (measured against roadway traffic volumes)
  5. Number of non-motorized (bicycle and pedestrian) fatalities and serious injuries

In addition to reporting on the established performance measures, FDOT and the MPO are now responsible for establishing annually reported targets for each of these five measures. Since crash data from any given year may have extreme peaks or valleys, a rolling five-year average of the data is used as the basis for evaluating crash patterns and trends. Reporting of safety targets is based on the assessment of historic 5-year averages and projected 5-year periods.

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On average, fatalities have been rising in Manatee & Sarasota Counties. In the last three years (2017-2020), fatalities have plateaued. Part of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan is to reach zero fatalities by 2045. In order to achieve this, the MPO aims to have 4-5 fewer fatalities each year.

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The traffic fatality rate has been increasing in Manatee & Sarasota Counties, but is still considerably lower than the state average. The fatality rate is measured by the number of fatalities per 100 million VMT (Vehicle Miles Travelled). VMT is basically transportation jargon for the number of miles traveled by all vehicles. Part of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan is to lower the fatality rate year by year. 

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On average, serious injuries are falling. Even though the rolling five-year average is higher in 2020 than it was in 2010, the number of serious injuries has been falling year after year since 2015. Thankfully, 2020 had roughly half the number of serious injuries of 2016. 

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The serious injury rate has been increasing in Manatee & Sarasota Counties, and is considerably higher than the state average. The serious injury rate is measured by the number of serious injuries per 100 million VMT (Vehicle Miles Travelled). VMT is basically transportation jargon for the number of miles traveled by all vehicles. Part of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan is to lower the serious injury rate year by year. 

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Any fatalities or serious injuries involving pedestrians, bicyclists, or people in non-motorized vehicles (foot scooters, hoverboards, etc.) are included in this section. Five-year averages have been slowly increasing, but 2020 successfully met its calculated goal.

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This is a heat map of all crashes in the last 4 years. The MPO aims to make the region's transportation network safer by reducing crashes. This map helps identifiy which intersections need to be prioritized in safety updates. This map contains a lot of data, so it may take longer to load when zoomed out. For faster searching, zoom in or use the search bar to locate an address or intersection. 

 

Hurricanes are a frequent occurance in Florida, and one of the best ways to stay safe during a storm is to be prepared. It is important to know the closest evacuation route and shelter in case of emergency. 

 

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