Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan
The Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan (CHSP) grew out of an existing policy goal described in TranPlanMT, Montana's statewide long-range transportation plan to "Provide leadership and coordinate with other Montana agencies to improve traveler safety." Additional impetus in developing a strategic highway safety plan came from the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), a bill that governs federal surface transportation spending.
Implement a collaborative process to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in Montana utilizing engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency response strategies. The CHSP will seek to focus resources strategically where opportunity for safety improvements are greatest.
In coordination with Vision Zero, Montana's Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan (CHSP) has been updated to include a strategic focus on coordinating statewide efforts to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Montana's roads.
The CHSP update was developed by the Montana Department of Transportation in a cooperative process with local, state, federal, tribal and other safety stakeholders. It continues to be a data-driven, multi-year comprehensive plan that establishes statewide safety targets, objectives, and key emphasis areas and includes the four E's of highway safety – engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services (EMS). The CHSP will enable coordination of safety programs and partners to work together to cooperatively address safety issues, align goals, and leverage resources to reduce fatal and serious injuries on Montana's roadways.
The MDT developed Montana's Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan in collaboration with other agencies and jurisdictions with roles in highway safety at the state, local and Federal levels as well as Montana's sovereign Tribal Nations. Under the oversight of a multi-agency CHSP Executive Leadership Team, the development of the CHSP addressed the following objectives:
- Establish quantifiable safety-related goals, objectives, and performance measures relevant to travel on Montana's highways;
- Address issues at all levels of jurisdiction with specific attention to local and tribal entities;
- Establish a mechanism for interagency coordination and develop the necessary partnering processes;
- Identify candidate safety strategies and evaluate their potential benefits, costs, and ability to attain performance objectives;
- Establish a process for prioritizing identified strategies based on their likely benefits relative to the identified safety goals and objectives; and
- Develop a strategic implementation plan, including action items for deployment in MDT's plans and programs as well as by other partnering agencies with roles in highway safety.