South Dakota Highway Safety Priorities
The South Dakota Office of Highway Safety works to save lives and protect motorists by focusing on these key objectives:
Driver Awareness & Education
Seat Belt & Occupant Protection: Enhance public awareness of seat belt compliance.
Impaired Driving, Alcohol & Drugs: discourage as socially acceptable behavior and create community coalitions. Identify and target high-risk populations and enhance media campaigns.
Motorcycle Safety: Promote motorcycle training courses, provide public education, enhance motorcycle hazard awareness projects.
Distracted Driving: Enhance public awareness of distracted driving dangers, including texting and driving.
"Beat Death - Don't Cheat It": It is our responsibility to drive safely in all conditions and circumstances because death is always by our side when operating a motor vehicle.
Media: Provide sustained media to support roadway safety strategies.
Driver Education: Develop and promote safe driver training programs for all age groups and promote safe driving practices among teen drivers.
Enforcement, Data & Engineering
- Enforcement: Increase high visibility enforcement efforts, coordination a strategic enforcement plan statewide and continue media support for enhanced public awareness.
- Data & Technology: Evaluate data systems, develop a statewide data collection system to track trends and high-risk behavior more strategically, and develop a data site accessible by the public.
- Engineering: Identify and evaluate potential hazards and maintain safety standards on the road.