Vision Zero 

On September 9, 2022, the NVCOG Policy Board adopted a Vision Zero statement. Vision Zero is a safety strategy that emphasizes the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries from traffic crashes. This strategy requires a coordinated effort to address engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency response. All roadway projects undertaken in the region will consider safety as a first priority during concept development and design. 

The NVCOG’s regional Vision Zero statement and goal can be found here. NVCOG Res 2023 04

Road Safety Program

Safety permeates all elements of the transportation planning process at the NVCOG. Each of our planning documents and funding programs contains elements to improve safety. In addition, there are specific programs administered by the NVCOG with the sole goal of reducing accidents on our local roads. This page will discuss some of the statewide and regional roadway safety programs and how they are influenced by federal regulations.

 

Safety Funding Opportunities

Local Road Accident Reduction Program

The Local Road Accident Reduction Program (LRARP) is a program administered by CTDOT to provide safety-related improvements on municipality-owned roads. At present, the NVCOG may submit two projects per year. Current LRARP-funded transportation projects in the NVCOG region are:

  • Waterbury: Walnut Street at East Farm Street
  • Naugatuck: Rubber Avenue at Hoadley and Melbourne Streets
  • Shelton: Huntington Street at Buddington Road

The NVCOG is responsible for soliciting LRARP applications, conducting initial screening, and identifying two projects to forward to the state. The CTDOT will then look at all submitted projects and determine which provides the greatest benefit for their cost.

Crash data is sourced from the Connecticut Crash Data Repository. Click on the blue tabs for more information; select map points for details.

Federal Requirements

Performance Measures and Target Setting

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) integrated performance measures into many federal transportation programs, including highway safety-related measures. These performance measures have continued to be included in the subsequent Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. FHWA implementation requires five data-driven, safety-related performance measures:

  • Total number of serious injuries
  • Rate of serious injuries
  • Total number of fatalities
  • Rate of fatalities
  • Total number of non-motorized serious injuries and fatalities

The CTDOT, in coordination and consultation with NVCOG, per federal regulation, establishes annual targets in each of these safety performance measures. The NVCOG has the authority to either accept the state targets or develop region-specific ones. The NVCOG endorsed the 2022 CTDOT safety performance measures on October 8, 2021 . The table below documents the the current targets. 2023 Targets have been identified by the CTDOT and will be considered during the November 4, 2022, CNVMPO board meeting. 

Measure
2020 Target
2021 Target
2022 Target
Number of fatalities
277 fatalities/year
270 fatalities/year
270 fatalities/year
Rate of fatalities
.883 fatalities/100 Million VMT
.850 fatalities/100 Million VMT
.850 fatalities/100 Million VMT
Number of serious injuries
1,547 serious injuries/year
1,360 serious injuries/year
1,300 serious injuries/year
Rate of serious injuries
4.93 serious injuries/100 Million VMT
4.30 serious injuries/100 Million VMT
4.30 serious injuries/100 Million VMT
Number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries
307 fatalities and serious injuries/year
300 fatalities and serious injuries/year
280 fatalities and serious injuries/year

CTDOT Highway Safety Activity & Planning

Regional Transportation Safety Plan

 

VN Engineers was selected by the CTDOT to prepare a Regional Transportation Safety Plan for the Naugatuck Valley planning region. Adopted originally in 2020, this plan underwent a mid-cycle update in 2022 to better fit the region’s Vision Zero goals. This plan will next be updated by or before 2025. 

The purpose of the plan is to provide data driven countermeasures combined with public outreach to identify high risk locations and reduce the number of fatal and injury crashes. The 2022 Naugatuck Valley Regional Transportation Safety Plan can be viewed here.

This plan was formally adopted by the NVCOG Policy Board on September 9, 2022. The resolution of adoption can be viewed here. NVCOG Res 2023 02

State Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Connecticut develops a long-term Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) every five years. The newest SHSP was released in September 2020, and will provide guidance for state-assisted highway safety initiatives until the state either becomes compliant with its safety targets or the 2023 HSIP is approved. The NVCOG has been in collaboration with the CTDOT as the next update to the SHSP is prepared. 

CT HSIP Implementation Plan 2021


State Highway Safety Plans & Annual Reports

Connecticut is required to develop an annual Highway Safety Plan identifying highway safety issues for the upcoming year and strategies to improve outcomes, tied with an annual report that analyzes the actual crash data to identify whether the state is on target. For a full list of the these annual plans and reports please visit the CTDOT website.

Traffic Records Coordinating Committee

The Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC) was formed in 2015 to review Connecticut’s highway safety data and traffic records system for potential improvements and coordination opportunities. This committee was instrumental in updating the state’s highway safety data into a consistent and federally-recognized standard. The committee consists of representatives from state departments, police departments, research agencies, and other highway safety stakeholders, and meets monthly.