A new traffic safety paradigm is changing how planning professionals measure traffic risks and evaluate potential safety strategies. A report covering the approach has been released by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI). It recognizes that all vehicle travel imposes risks, so planning decisions that increase vehicle travel tend to increase crashes, and vehicle travel reduction strategies increase traffic safety. It also recognizes that it is infeasible to reduce high-risk driving without providing viable alternatives. This expands the range of potential traffic safety strategies to include multi-modal planning, transportation demand management, and Smart Growth policies. See: The New Traffic Safety Paradigm. (pdf)