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State Safety Office

State Safety Office / Safety Engineering

Safety Engineering

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Safety Engineering

Transportation Safety Engineering is the Engineering art that prevents drivers from conflicting on the roadway, reduces the roadway problems that lead to traffic crashes and gives clear information to assist drivers to make safe driving decisions. In Florida, Transportation Safety Engineering is conducted at statewide and district or regional levels.

Statewide Functions

  • Procedure Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety Project Evaluation
  • Crash Location Processing
  • Variety Crash Analyses
  • Public Information/Data Requests

District Transportation Safety Engineering Functions

  • Analyses of specific locations to identify potential safety improvement and initiate safety solutions.
  • Review fatal crashes to determine if engineering actions is needed.
  • Review pavement friction performance to determine if the skidding problem warrants corrections.
  • Provide Safety Engineering analyses and reviews for all FDOT projects.

Crash Data

By law, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is the official custodian of the crash reports and is responsible for statewide crash data collection and dissemination. The numbers they report are the official numbers.

DHSMV can provide crash data for all General Data Requests (reports for a county, multiple counties, or the entire state). They can also provided non-site specific data queries for code values on the traffic crash report form.

Using DHSMV crash data and other FDOT data, the Safety Office Crash Records Section processes crash records to determine exact locations and can provide location-based crash analyses and listings or summaries of crash data. In addition, the Safety Office can provide geo-located data for crashes on the State Highway System and for crashes on public roads. To request crash data from the FDOT, contact the Safety Office in your District (see below for contacts).

Crash reports that reveal the personal information concerning the parties involved in the crash and that are held by any agency that regularly receives or prepares information from or concerning the parties to motor vehicle crashes are confidential and exempt from the provisions of Section 119.07(1), F.S. for a period of 60 days after the date the report is filed. (Section 316.066 (3)(a), F.S.)

The information provided by the FDOT Safety Office has been compiled from information collected for the purpose of identifying, evaluating or planning safety enhancements. It is used to develop highway safety construction improvements projects which may be implemented utilizing Federal Aid Highway funds. Any document displaying this notice shall be used only for the purposes deemed appropriate by the Florida Department of Transportation. See Title 23, United States Code, Section 409.

For General Requests

For general Crash Data Requests and Crash Statistics contact the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).


Please make your requests using our on-line request form.

Safety Engineering Contacts

(See the State map)
State Traffic Safety Engineer CO  Joe Santos 850.414.4097 

Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Okeechobee, Polk, Sarasota  D1 Gary Amig 863.519.2666

Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Northeast Florida Multicounty, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union  D2 Rodney Cooper 904.360.5629

Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, Washington  D3 Holly Walker 850.415.9516

Broward, Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie  D4 Yujing (Tracey) Xie, P.E. 954.777.4350

Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia  D5 Tony Nosse, P.E. 386.943.5334

Miami-Dade, Monroe  D6 Misleidys Leon 305.470.5345

Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas  D7 Peter Hsu 813.975.6251

Florida's Turnpike Enterprise TP Even Echeverria 954.934.1615

Related Links

The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) The Critical Care Analysis Reporting Environment (CARE)
Federal Highway Administration National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
US Department of Transportation US DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine
Insurance Research Council Florida Dept of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Florida Highway Safety Manual Efforts

Florida Highway Safety Manual Efforts This link provides information on what implementation efforts have been done and are planned.

Highway Safety Manual logo

The Highway Safety Manual (HSM) is a useful tool to help practitioners in decision making. The HSM provides the best factual information and tools in a useful and widely accepted form and to facilitate roadway design and operational decisions based upon explicit consideration of their safety consequences. This manual strengthens the role of safety in road planning, design, maintenance, construction, and operations decision making. The manual features synthesis of validated highway research; procedures that are adapted and integrated to practice and; Analytical tools for predicting impact on road safety.

For more information contact Joe Santos @ 850.414.4097