Safety Assessment Tool

The following sample questions have been selected as a preview of the Action2Zero web-based tool. This comprehensive road safety assessment tool is designed to empower communities to track progress achieving their strategic road safety plan. Jurisdictions can gauge the status of road safety in their community to determine what strategies and initiatives have been implemented and prioritize improvements to address gaps and achieve their strategic road safety plan and 5-star community status.

The assessment tool is designed to be completed by a cross-section of road safety stakeholders within the community. Following assessment tool submission request, you will be invited to provide information on involved team members.

Questions are organized according to three priority areas: knowledge; action; and, commitment. These sections can be completed separately and help assess capacity and capability to implement road safety initiatives. Responses are based on a 5-point***** This component has been or is being implemented (5-stars).
**** This component is almost ready for implementation (4-stars).
*** This component is in the planning stage (3-stars).
** Planning for this component has just started (2-stars).
* This component has not received attention (1-star).
scale to indicate the status of existing practices in relation to each area.

A separate School Safety Assessment Tool is also available with sample questions.

Sample Road Safety Assessment Questions


  • Is human life valuedSafety and protection of human life is a constitutionally protected right, and this is embodied in decisions and actions by government to improve road safety. as a top priority for the community?
  • Are partnershipsPartnerships among transport, health, enforcement sectors and other road safety stakeholders at national, regional and local levels using direct funding mechanisms and other implementation tools, or working through professional associations. established between agencies, industry, organizations and the community?
  • Is a shared visionA shared vision embodies outcomes that acknowledge fundamental road safety community values. for improved road safety established?
  • Are complete and continuous data systemsData should be accurate, consistent, and comprehensive. Historical and current data are important to track trends over time. In addition to police crash data, other indicators should include demographics, traffic volume, safety performance, infrastructure, and hospital/EMS data. in place to collect and manage data on road crashes, deaths and injuries?


  • Is there a good understandingShared awareness and knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the Safe Systems approach as a basis to identify priorities. between community partners and stakeholders of the Safe System approach?
  • Are road safety initiatives integrated into broader city/urban planning efforts that affect mobility options and travel patterns?
  • Are vulnerable road usersVulnerable road users have an increased crash risk and/or increased risk of injury or fatality. VRU’s may include pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, very young or elderly persons and those with disabilities., including the physically and visually impaired, accommodated at intersections?
  • Are residential areas planned and designed to have lower speed limits?
  • Do police services prioritize traffic enforcement and target risky behaviours?
  • Has an integrated speed managementSpeed management programs define the relationship between speed and road risk. They combine strategies to assess and apply road design and speed limits to obtain appropriate speeds. They also apply enforcement to target and deter speeding, and effectively communicate educational campaigns about speeding with a focus on high-risk drivers. Cooperation and support of other stakeholders is enlisted. program been developed and implemented?
  • Have distracted driving education and prevention strategies been delivered in the community?
  • Is impaired driving an enforcement priority?
  • Have appropriate traffic calming measures been introduced outside of schools?


  • Has a Road Safety CommitteeCommittees facilitate engagement and empowerment of organizations and individuals committed to improving road safety. They provide a forum to identify concerns and provide feedback on initiatives. been established and is it activeThe Committee meets regularly, persons are responsible for completing tasks, members are held accountable and progress is achieved.?
  • Has a Community (Municipal) Road Safety PlanRoad safety plans contain a vision and blueprint for reducing motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries. They include short, medium and long-term targets linked to provincial and national strategies, and are supported by operational plans. been developed?
  • Does the Road Safety Plan adapt to issues as they arise?


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