During the National Regional Transportation Conference (June 2019, Columbus, OH), Jason James shared the work of the Northern Arizona Council of Governments to develop its Regional Strategic Transportation Safety Plan.
Transportation Safety Plan
– Reduce fatalities & serious injuries
– Identify safety issues & priorities
– Positions region for acquisition of federal funding
– Data-driven safety analysis
– Selected Consultant: Burgess & Niple
• 74.4% of fatal crashes were lane or roadway
• Speeding and aggressive driving, impaired
driving, and restraint use were contributing
factors in 81% of fatal crashes.
• The most prevalent first harmful events for fatal
and serious injury crashes were overturning
(34.0%), collision with fixed object (27.6%), and
collision with motor vehicle in transport (25.6%).
First Harmful Event
Collision with Motor Vehicle in
64.3% 51.4% 38.0% 25.0% 28.0% 46.0% 42.0%
Overturning 2.2% 8.2% 12.2% 18.8% 14.1% 9.5% 11.3%
Collision with Pedestrian 1.0% 0.7% 0.6% 0.5% 0.4% 1% 0.6%
Collision with Pedalcyclist 1.2% 0.6% 0.5% 0.2% 0.4% 0.7% 0.4%
Collision with Animal 1.6% 7.2% 15.3% 22.3% 23.7% 17.2% 7.7%
Collision with Fixed Object 10.0% 19.0% 23% 22.3% 22.3% 16.7% 26.9%
Collision with Non-fixed Object* 4.0% 5.0% 6.3% 5.2% 7.0% 5.4% 6%
Vehicle Fire or Explosion 0.3% 1.0% 1.4% 1.9% 1.1% 0.6% 1.9%
Other Non-collision** 0.8% 2.0% 2.4% 2.8% 3.3% 2.0% 2.4%
Unknown 14.6% 5.0% 0.4% 1.3% 0.1% 0.6% 0.4%
**Includes Collision with Parked Vehicles, Trains, Railway Vehicles, and Work Zone Equipment
**Includes Vehicle Immersion, Jackknife, and Cargo Loss or Shift
Public Outreach Meetings
• August 2017 (2 in Flagstaff, 1 in Prescott)
• Follow up meetings (WMRTC, VVTPO, RC, TSC,
NACOG Sub-Regional Meetings)
• Presented Crash Trends & Emphasis Areas
• Safety Survey - Social Pinpoint Site –
• Traditional & Non-Traditional Partners
• Develop RSTSP Vision
NOROOMFOR ONE MORE
Tell us about
potential dangers on the
road before another fatal crash
Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians: We need your input NOW.
Because there is no room for one more.
Take our transportation survey at gci.mysocialpinpoint.com/nacog#
to help improve traffic safety in Northern Arizona.
For additional information please contact Project Managerat 928-213-5245 or
NACOG RSTSP Vision
• Vision: Towards zero fatalities.
1) Reduce fatalities and serious injuries on public
roadways in NACOG.
2) Enhance collaboration between transportation
stakeholders, law enforcement, and the public to
improve safety on public roadways.
3) Increase thoroughness and consistency in crash
4) Improve availability of transit services and encourage
ridership to reduce crash probability.
5) Enhance awareness of safety as a critical component
of transportation planning and design.
• 4 Approved Safety Projects
– Total Approved Funding Amount: $7.1M
• Safety Projects Collaboration with ADOT District
• NACOG Passenger Transportation Study
(addresses transit services for elderly & disabled)
• Statewide Wildlife-Vehicle Mitigation Plan (EA:
• Driver Safety Campaign (occupant protection, speeding
and aggressive driving, impaired driving, and distracted
• Educational Campaigns at High Schools & Universities
• Safety Analyst (predictive modeling tool)
• Update Crash Database with current data (new format)
• Safety Study Update (scheduled for FY23)
• Continue applying for HSIP funding
• eTRACS system
Links to Regional Safety Plans
• NACOG RSTSP:
• CYMPO RSTSP: https://www.cympo.org/wp-
• FMPO RSTSP: available upon request
• NACOG Passenger Transportation Study – Phase 1:
• GIS Online Crash Database, Safety Study Tools: available