Michigan's Safety Goal

The goal:
Reduce traffic fatalities from 889 in 2011 to 750 in 2016. 
Reduce serious injuries from 5,706 in 2011 to 4,800 in 2016.

Every year crashes on Michigan roads cause loss of life and major economic losses. In 2004, estimates showed a $9.8 billion loss to Michigan from road fatalities. More importantly, statistics showed that every 8 hours a person died in a traffic crash in Michigan.

  • Where we stood in 2014:
  • MDOT
    • 8% Road Mileage
    • 53% VMT
    • 42% Crashes
    • 44% Fatalities
  • Local Agencies
    • 92% Road Mileage
    • 47% VMT
    • 58% Crashes
    • 56% Fatalities

In 2004, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) set a national goal. They set out to reduce road fatalities nationally from 1.5 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to 1.0 per 100 million VMT by 2008. In 2007 the goal was revised to halving fatalities in two decades.

The state of Michigan embraced those National goals, and in 2012 revised our goal to reduce fatalities and serious injuries and move toward zero deaths on Michigan roadways.

With limited resources at all levels, a successful highway safety program depends on building and maintaining flexible and effective partnerships and integrating the work of all disciplines and agencies involved in highway safety. Michigan does this through the structure of the Governor's Traffic Safety Advisory Commission and the Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

Local agencies are overrepresented in total crashes and fatalities.

Because many crashes occur on local roads, MDOT works with local agencies providing them with information and tools to improve safety.