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Highway Safety Countermeasures That Work

Posted: 1/5/2024

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) annouced the release of its 11th edition of Countermeasures That Work, a reference guide for State Highway Safety Offices to help select effective, science-based traffic safety countermeasures to address highway safety problem areas in their States.

The guide describes major strategies and countermeasures, summarizes their use, effectiveness, costs, and implementation time, and provides references to the most important research summaries and individual studies available on strategies and countermeasures to improve road and driver safety. Countermeasures That Work supports decision making to effectively address roadway safety issues in communities across the United States.

New Countermeasures Examined

  • Expanding lower blood alcohol limits to all drivers (not just under age 21)
  • Intelligent speed assistance for speed management
  • Graduated driver licenses for motorcycle safety
  • School start times to help avoid drowsy driving

New with this 11th edition is the first digital version where you can easily save information and countermeasures that you determine are most relevant.

Access the 11th edition now

Who is NHTSA?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for keeping people safe on America's roadways, by enforcing vehicle performance standards and partnerships with state and local governments to reduce deaths, injuries, & economic loss from vehicle crashes.

NHTSA responsibilities include:

  • Deploying safety standards
  • Overseeing unsafe vehicle recalls
  • Enforcing CAFE standards
  • Fighting odometer fraud

State Highway Safety Office

California's State Highway Safety Office is the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), headquartered in Elk Grove. OTS is CA’s leading traffic safety agency tasked with developing and implementing a highway safety program to address behavioral factors that impact road safety.

Through funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, OTS provides over $100M annually in innovative, evidence-based education and enforcement programs designed to improve road safety.

Need More Help?

California LTAP Center

Phone: (562) 985-2872