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911's Role in Highway Safety

The United States Department of Transportation National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS) outlines the Department’s comprehensive approach to significantly reducing serious injuries and deaths on our Nation’s highways, roads, and streets. 

Implementation of this strategy will be arranged around five complementary objectives corresponding to the Safe System Approach

The fifth element of this approach identifies the importance of post-crash care, which will “enhance the survivability of crashes through expedient access to emergency medical care, while creating a safe working environment for vital first responders and preventing secondary crashes through robust traffic incident management practices.”

911 is important in the process of providing care to those injured in a motor vehicle crash. When a crash occurs, the public most frequently requests help from first responders by placing a 911 call.  

“U.S. DOT is committed to taking action within its scope and statutory responsibilities to make advances in survivability through the delivery of equitable and impartial post-crash care, including EMS and 911.”

Read the Strategy

Last Updated: 04/10/2024