Safety & Security


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SCAG supports and embraces the efforts of the State and local jurisdictions to improve transportation safety. Ensuring the safety of people and goods as they traverse our extensive transportation network is an enduring priority. More specifically, SCAG’s adopted safety goal is to ensure transportation safety, security and reliability for all people and goods in the region.

Over the course of the past several years, SCAG worked with the State and other stakeholders to develop California’s updated Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The SHSP is a federal requirement under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) (P.L. 112-141; 2012) and serves as a component of the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). The SHSP is a statewide, coordinated safety plan provides a comprehensive framework for reducing fatalities and severe injuries to motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on all public roads. SHSP goals and objectives are data-driven and results are measured. Actions designed to achieve the objectives are developed by hundreds of safety stakeholders from the four E’s of highway safety: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services.

California is now working toward a long-term goal of Toward Zero Deaths. The State’s short-term goals are to reduce the number and rate of fatalities by three percent per year and to reduce the number and rate of severe injuries by 1.5 percent per year. The updated SHSP includes 15 challenge areas (e.g., impaired driving, bicycling and older drivers, etc.), which function as categories for improvement. The updated plan and accompanying action plan are intended to provide the State with a roadmap for effective implementation.

In accordance with MAP-21, SCAG is working with the State to develop measurable safety targets for five safety performance measures, including the number of fatalities, the rate of fatalities, the number of serious injuries, the rate of serious injuries, and the number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries.

At the local level, jurisdictions such as the City of Los Angeles are implementing Vision Zero initiatives. Essentially, Vision Zero is a road safety policy that promotes smart behaviors and roadway design that anticipates mistakes, so that collisions do not result in severe injury or death.

For more information on existing regional conditions and SCAG-supported strategies for improving our region’s safety, please review the 2016 RTP/SCS Safety and Security Appendix.


SCAG's Security Program seeks to support the capabilities of local and county governments to better protect the region's transportation systems and critical infrastructure, as well as to enhance the overall level of preparedness for responding to harmful incidents or disasters.

Within that construct, SCAG has four security roles:

  • Provide a policy forum to help develop regional consensus and education on security policies and emergency responses.
  • Assist in expediting the planning and programming of transportation infrastructure repairs from major disasters.
  • Leverage projects and planning functions (including Intelligent Transportation Systems) that can enhance or provide benefits to transportation security efforts and those responsible for planning and responding to emergencies.
    • Integrate security into the regional ITS architecture.
    • Become a central repository/mirror for regional geo-data that can be used for planning, training, response and relief efforts of law enforcement personnel and emergency responders.

SCAG is currently working with Dr. Lucy Jones, Founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, to provide education about the earthquake risk and policy approaches to reduce the risk to local governments.

For more information on existing regional conditions and SCAG-supported strategies for improving our region’s security, please review the 2016 RTP/SCS Safety and Security Appendix.