Patrick Administration Unveils Transportation Safety Web Tool

New Webpage to Raise Roadway Safety Awareness

The Patrick Administration announced today a new web-based educational tool that will promote safety for all roadway users. The page will host critical roadway safety tips, as well as other related data, like Massachusetts crash fatality facts and statistics.

"Massachusetts has the fewest roadway fatalities in the country, but we can't stop striving for a safer highway system," said MassHighway Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky. "This webpage will empower all roadway users with information that will keep them safe on the roads."

"I think utilizing the internet to deliver safety news you can use will be particularly effective with young drivers," said Registrar Anne L. Collins. "Crashes are still the number one cause of death for teenagers and this medium will help us reach them."

This educational and outreach tool will be hosted on the Commonwealth's website (LINK). It will also be directly reachable from the websites of the Massachusetts Highway Department, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Public Health, Walk Boston, MassBike and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Highway Safety Division, all of whom have contributed to this effort.

The page will be updated regularly to coincide with related state-wide and national transportation events. For example, in conjunction with Drowsy Driving Awareness Week (November 5th - 11th), the inaugural slate of safety tips will address drowsy driving.

The creation of a roadway safety webpage was one of the steps identified in the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), which was completed in the fall of 2006. The SHSP was the product of a year-long effort involving dozens of agencies and organizations with an interest in highway safety. This plan strives to maintain Massachusetts' ranking as the safest roadway network in the county.

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