Highway Safety - About The Highway Safety Office
The Utah Department of Public Safety’s Highway Safety Office was created as a result of the U.S. Highway Safety Act of 1966, and it is the lead agency in Utah for behavioral change programs to reduce traffic crash-related deaths, serious injuries and property loss. Each year, Congress allocates funds to reduce the incidence of deaths and injuries on the nation’s highways through information, education and enforcement, and the Highway Safety Office is the agency in Utah that applies for and manages the federal funds directed at these behavioral programs. Since 1969, the injury and fatal crash rates have steadily declined in Utah. This success can be attributed to using the funds for local and statewide traffic safety programs, increased enforcement activities, and increased awareness of traffic safety issues in local communities. Program focus areas include safe communities, occupant protection, impaired driving reduction, traffic records improvement, pedestrian and bicycle safety, emergency medical services, motorcycle safety, and police traffic services.
Some of the more visible statewide programs funded through the Highway Safety Office included the "Buckled or Busted" and later "Click It or Ticket" seat belt mobilizations, the "You Drink & Drive. You Lose." and later "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit, Under Arrest" impaired driving prevention campaigns, the Child Passenger Safety program to conduct child safety seat checkpoints statewide, the "Share the Road" program to encourage safer motorist interaction with motorcyclists and bicyclists, and the "Spot the Tot" program to prevent backing-up over children in driveways.
We foster continued improvements in traffic safety through close partnerships with local and state government and law enforcement agencies, and a diverse group of coalitions and non-profit safety organizations. We have especially close relationships with sister DPS agencies including the Utah Highway Patrol and the Driver License Division, other state agencies including the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Department of Health, and federal agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration.
The Utah Highway Safety Office provides education for the following topics:
- Bicycle Safety
- Pedestrian Safety
- Driving Tips
- Fatigue and Driving
- Impaired Driving
- Youth Alcohol
- Motorcycle Safety
- Police Traffic Services
- Safety Restraints
- School Bus Safety
- Road Rage/Aggressive Driving
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Utah Highway Safety Office
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a behavioral program?
A behavioral program focuses on changing the habits and decisions made by each driver daily. For example, a certain stretch or roadway may have a higher incidence of vehicles running off the road due to exceeding the posted speed limit. In such cases, a behavioral change program will typically try to get the message out to the public that speeding is causing traffic safety issues in the area (through print or broadcast media, or even a message or speed display trailer positioned on the roadway), and expresses that there will be increased enforcement to slow traffic down. Subsequently, a high visibility enforcement campaign will follow.
2. Do I report potholes or other infrastructure concerns to the Highway Safety Office?
While we are very interested in all aspects of highway safety, the state agency which oversees roadway infrastructure is the Utah Department of Transportation. You may contact them at (801) 965-4000.[Last Update - Friday, 08-Mar-2013 16:26:14 MST]