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Bismarck, ND. - The North Dakota Department of
Transportation (NDDOT) today announced the release of the North Dakota Vision Zero Plan, the Strategic Highway Safety Plan
update for 2018-2023, to reduce motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious
injuries to zero.
The Vision Zero Plan was developed over nine
months by North Dakota state agencies and more than 200 traffic safety partners
representing state, local and tribal governments, and private organizations. The
detailed plan uses data to identify areas of improvement through education,
roadway safety enhancements and policy decisions.
“Enhancing safety through education,
enforcement, engineering and emergency medical services is critical to the
health and well-being of the citizens of North Dakota and to others who travel
on North Dakota roads. Safety is a top priority for the North Dakota Department
of Transportation and partners,” said NDDOT Director Tom Sorel. “Zero
fatalities is not impossible, but it will take all of us to get there. The North Dakota Vision Zero Plan offers the
opportunity for continued progress.”
updated plan incorporates the vision, mission, and short-term goal of the newly
launched strategy, Vision Zero.
Vision: Establish a culture of personal
responsibility where motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries are
recognized as preventable and not tolerated.
Mission: Eliminate fatalities and serious
injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes.
Short-term goal: Reduce motor vehicle
crash fatalities to fewer than 75 by 2025.
116 crash fatalities in 2017. To reach the short-term goal, fatality trends
would have to decrease approximately 4.6 percent a year. Vision Zero leaders
believe this can be accomplished through new and proven strategies as well as
each driver taking personal responsibility on North Dakota roadways.
Zero lead agencies include the NDDOT, the North Dakota Department of Health and
the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The
2018-2023 Vision Zero Plan, can be