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The Safe System Approach has been adopted by the U. S. Department of Transportation as the guiding paradigm to address roadway safety.

Principles of a Safe System Approach

On the circumference is a band with six safe system principles:

  • Death and serious injuries are unacceptable
  • Humans make mistakes
  • Humans are vulnerable
  • Responsibility is shared
  • Safety is proactive
  • Redundancy is crucial

Inside the circle is divided into five sections with logos representing each section:

  • Safer vehicles
  • Safer speeds
  • Safer roads
  • Post-crash care
  • Safer people


Safe System Approach Infographic
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