The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies in Michigan have partnered with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in continuing towards the Toward Zero Deaths statewide safety campaign in 2016. The campaign is based on the National Strategy on Highway Safety intended to influence driver behavior and improve safety. With more than 35,000 fatalities occurring on U.S. highways each year, roadway safety remains one of the most challenging issues facing Michigan, and the nation.
The first step to improving the nation's traffic safety culture is to establish a TZD vision with key stakeholders. Michigan, through the Governor's Traffic Safety Advisory Commission, has done that through the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). While the SHSP goal is to reduce traffic fatalities from 889 in 2011 to 750 in 2016 our ultimate vision is Toward Zero Deaths on Michigan's roadways. To see where we stand as a state in reaching our goal select Statewide Fatalities and Serious Injuries 2016 Goal.
Driver behavior factors into nearly 90 percent of all fatal crashes and one key to changing driver behavior is educating the public on the scope of the issue. Posting fatality messages on DMS is one simple and inexpensive way MDOT can contribute to that effort. Visit the Resources below for more information on TZD.
Each Wednesday from February through mid-December, Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) on various I, M and US routes will display the number of traffic fatalities on Michigan roadways year-to-date. If there is a higher-priority message to display, the sign will be switched. Higher priority messages include incident messages, lane closures, shoulder closures and work zone messages. MDOT also will share this information on Facebook and Twitter.
Do you want to know how Michigan is doing in reaching our statewide safety goals? Do you want to learn about a new initiative aimed at reaching Toward Zero Deaths (TZD)? Then sign up for the weekly update on the number of fatalities and serious injuries that have occurred statewide on Michigan's roadways. To sign up for the weekly email: