GOAL: ZERO CRASHES, INJURIES, AND FATALITIES
A composite metric for zero fatalities is based on key performance measures. The individual criteria are weighted as follows:
• Traffic Fatalities (29%)
• Traffic Serious Injuries (20%)
• Traffic Crashes (8%)
• Internal Fatalities (28%)
• Internal Injuries (10%)
• Internal Equipment Damage (5%)
How are we doing?
For many years, our goal has been - and continues to be - zero fatalities on Utah roads. Aggressive targets for this goal reflect our intense dedication to achieve zero crashes, injuries and fatalities.
While these targets will be very challenging to meet, they will push the department to put the necessary resources towards protecting lives on our roads.
While employee safety has always been a priority, our data collection efforts have been ramped up in recent years allowing us to more accurately measure our performance.
- Safety Infrastructure Improvements
- Partner with Law Enforcement and Emergency Services
- Improve Employee Safety
- Public Outreach and Education
Safety Infrastructure Improvement
Every project and maintenance activity we work on represents an opportunity to improve the safety of Utah’s roadways. UDOT utilizes technology to help us identify potential improvements by accessing and analyzing crash data and roadway inventory information to make better informed decisions about installing new safety infrastructure.
The tools merge multiple data sets including crash, traffic and roadway data from a variety of sources to help our engineers quickly identify crash patterns, analyze roadway segments for areas of concern, and develop benefit-cost analyses for potential roadway projects.
Partner with Law Enforcement and Emergency Services
UDOT supports other agencies in their efforts to improve safety on Utah’s highway system and help us reach our goal of Zero Fatalities. We accomplish this by providing support in the following areas:
- Prevent secondary crashes through Incident Management Team (IMT) and a queue protection program which proactively alerts approaching drivers of a traffic incident
- Provide traffic signal priority to emergency responders to improve medical response times and reduce fatalities
- Support law enforcement through IMT activities to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities
Improve Employee Safety
UDOT is committed to creating a workplace culture focused on safety. We are committed to creating a safe environment by encouraging our employees to think about safety in every element of their work as well as in their personal lives. The Recognizing, Observing and Achieving Department Safety (ROADS) program gives employees an opportunity to respectfully observe and engage peers on safety hazards and report safety incidents as they happen. To further implement the ROADS philosophy into our organization, we developed an employee committee to discuss and evaluate opportunities for improvement.
Public Outreach and Education
As we continue to make Utah’s roadways safer, our role of educating drivers, pedestrians and cyclists is a critical element to reduce the 94 percent of fatal crashes that are caused by human error. The Zero Fatalities program educates a wide range of audiences about the top five behaviors primarily responsible for fatalities on Utah roads: aggressive driving, drowsy driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and failure to use a seat belt. Seat belt use, in particular, remains a focus of educational outreach.
More than half (56 percent) of those who are aware of Zero Fatalities say this program has influenced them to avoid the top five behaviors responsible for deaths on roads.
The SNAP program provides cleaner air and better traffic by getting cars off the road and students walking to school. SNAP’s Walking School Bus app has won several national awards since it was launched in August of 2014 and eliminated 480,000 vehicle trips.
The Truck Smart program partners with local driver education programs and the Utah Trucking Association to teach teens about driving safely around trucks. Truck Smart has worked with nearly 200 driver education classes during the past year.
Safety Performance Measures
UDOT is focused on achieving Zero Fatalities on our roadways. As a means to achieve this goal, we have established targets for each measure:
- Traffic Fatalities: Reduce by 2.5 percent below the three-year average
- Traffic Serious Injuries: Reduce by 2.5 percent below the three-year average
- Traffic Crashes: Reduce by 2.5 percent below the three-year average
- Internal Fatalities: Achieve a target of zero employee fatalities
- Internal Injury Rate: Achieve a rate of less than 4.29 injuries per 200,000 working hours
- Equipment Damage: Achieve an equipment damage rate of 6.85 incidents per 200,000 working hours
Traffic - Fatalities
The number of deaths on Utah's roads.
UDOT Employee - Fatalities
The number of UDOT employee deaths.
Traffic - Serious Injuries
The number of life altering injuries such as severe laceration, broken or distorted limb, or crush injuries. The current year totals are year-to-date less 3 months. Target is a 2.5% reduction on a 3 year rolling average of actual injuries.
UDOT Employee - Injury Rate
The number of injuries per 200,000 hours.
Traffic - Crashes
The number of vehicle-involved crashes. The current year totals are year-to-date less 3 months. Target is a 2.5% reduction on a 3 year rolling average of actual crashes.
UDOT Employee - Equipment
The number of reported equipment damages that occur per 200,000 hours.