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Strategic Highway Safety Plan Development

PROGRAM AREA: Highway Safety
Web-based Training (WBT)Web-based Training (WBT)
Calendar Year
4 Days
0 Units
$25 Per Participant


CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 15 Maximum: 30

NOTES:This course provides applications for States presently in the implementation stage or for those in the process of updating their SHSP. This course will also benefit regional and local agencies who are considering or in the process of developing their first regional safety plan, or updating their existing plan. The course is designed to appeal to experienced SHSP stakeholders and those that are new to the process.


This training course provides a basic understanding of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) development processes. The course will benefit States presently in the implementation stage or those in the process of updating their SHSP, along with regional and local agencies that are developing or updating a regional safety plan. The intended audience for SHSP Development encompasses the many federal, state and local stakeholders which partner on state SHSPs but will be especially useful for individuals who are new to the SHSP.

The SHSP Development Course contains relevant information for all SHSP stakeholders. Many states have updated or are in the process of updating their SHSPs, and a refresher course may be helpful to the oversight committees, emphasis area team members, or as training for new stakeholders. Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), counties, and communities who are encouraged by the state departments of transportation (DOT) to participate in SHSP implementation by developing local safety plans related to the SHSP will find this course instructive. New hires are continually joining the workforce, which creates a demand for a basic tutorial on the background, history, contents, development, and maintenance of the SHSP.

NHI hosts the SHSP Development Course and four other Web-based Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)-related training courses: HSIP Overview, SHSP Implementation, HSIP Project Identification, and HSIP Project Evaluation.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose and benefits of Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSPs);
  • Recognize SHSP legislative/regulatory requirements;
  • Identify the SHSP development process;
  • Recognize the importance of data in SHSP development and implementation;
  • Recognize the importance of collaboration and leadership in the SHSP development process; and
  • Identify the purpose of problem identification, monitoring, and evaluation.


The target audience for this course encompasses a wide range of safety stakeholders involved in SHSP efforts. Stakeholders may include State departments of transportation safety engineers/specialists, transportation planning and safety professionals representing metropolitan planning organizations, local safety and planning organizations/agencies; highway safety offices; motor carrier safety offices; law enforcement agencies; EMS offices and first responders; ; nonprofit and private sector partners; others involved in transportation safety; and representatives from Federal agencies (FHWA, NHTSA, FMCSA, FTA).

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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