Updated Strategic Highway Safety Plan Targets Areas of Improvement

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A plan of action to address a rise in traffic deaths in Maine was released Tuesday in Augusta.

The latest Strategic Highway Safety Plan combines the research of many highway safety partners, including State Police and MaineDOT.

Crash fatalities have increased over the last three years after seeing improvement over the prior decade plus.

In 2016, there were more than 33,000 crashes in Maine, 160 people were killed.

"Everybody is going to tell you a big part of this is distracted driving, and I've got to tell you we all know it is. So a lot of it is educating younger drivers, educating the people," said David Bernhardt, Commissioner of MaineDOT.

More than half of teen crashes involve distracted driving.

To view the full report, go to http://www.maine.gov/mdot/safety/docs/Strategic-Highway-Safety-Plan_2017.pdf.