> Safety Partnerships
MaineDOT’s Safety Office is actively involved with many statewide safety related agencies and organizations that closely align with MaineDOT's safety objectives. Here are just a few:
- Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) brings together many state agencies pursuing traffic safety interests plus other safety advocates to address Maine’s leading traffic safety concerns in a coordinated way to maximize effectiveness and efficiency of achieving improvements in target areas. The SHSP was first launched in 2005 and is undergoing a major update in 2010. There are 14 identified safety priorities that include Safety Belts, Lane Departure, Speed, Younger Drivers, Mature Drivers and Alcohol. Champions that head up each strategy represent a wide range of transportation safety stakeholders from a variety of public and private organizations. Strategies to bring about safety improvement include Engineering, Enforcement, Education/Public Outreach, and Emergency Services. (The four E’s of Transportation Safety strategy)
- The Maine Transportation Safety Coalition (MTSC) began first as a MaineDOT effort to collaborate with others in promoting safety initiatives throughout the state. MaineDOT recognized that in order to implement the "four E's", MaineDOT would need to identify and partner with other state agencies and others that have a vested interest in transportation safety. The MTSC has members from a wide spectrum of organizations who all have the common goal of reducing injuries and saving lives of people traveling in Maine.
- Traffic Records Coordinating Committee: This statewide stakeholder group was created to facilitate the planning, coordination and implementation of projects to improve the state’s traffic records system. The TRCC is a partnership of transportation, law enforcement, criminal justice, emergency medical services and motor vehicle bureau representatives. This traffic records coalition fosters communication and understanding among stakeholders to formulate mutually beneficial projects for improving the accessibility, timeliness, accuracy, integration, uniformity and completeness of statewide traffic-related information
- Large Animal Crash Study Group: This multi-agency group evaluates the latest issues and possible crash mitigation strategies to reduce crashes with large animals, especially moose and deer. Maine experiences about 600 moose crashes and 3,000 deer crashes annually. This group has also produced safety outreach materials including crash map/safety tip posters and brochures.