This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the systemic safety approach along with the benefits and how it can be used.
State Departments of Transportation (Safety Engineer, Planning Offices, DOT Districts), Local Transportation Agencies (Public Works Directors, Transportation Directors, Highway Engineers, County Engineers, MPOs), Federal (FHWA Division Offices)
The fact sheet can be used to introduce the concept to DOT and MPO personnel and officials, elected officials, and the public and educate them about the benefits of the approach.
This flyer is one in a series of local and rural road safety briefing sheets.
Local Transportation Agencies
Uses:The briefing sheet introduces the systemic approach to safety to local transportation agencies.
This report provides information on the Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool including a step-by-step process for conducting systemic safety analysis; analytical techniques for determining a reasonable balance between the implementation of spot safety improvements and systemic safety improvements; and a mechanism for quantifying the benefits of safety improvements implemented through a systemic approach.
State Departments of Transportation (Safety Engineer, Planning Offices, DOT Districts), Local Transportation Agencies (Public Works Directors, Transportation Directors, Highway Engineers, County Engineers, MPOs)
The tool helps states learn about and apply the systemic approach to safety.
The narrated presentation includes the same information as the overview fact sheet.
DOT and MPO leaders (Secretary, Director, Safety Engineer, Planning Director, Executive Director, Board Members), Elected Officials (State Legislators, City/County Elected Officials, Mayors, County Executives), The public (public meetings)
The presentation can be given at public meetings or in meetings with DOT and MPO officials, and elected officials.
Other Systemic Safety Resources
Systematic Safety Improvement Risk Factor Evaluation and Countermeasure Study
The Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University published a report that investigates two systemic safety tools and methodologies used for evaluating and prioritizing expected crash risks on rural roads.
United States Roadway Assessment Program (usRAP)
usRAP is a program that assesses and benchmarks the relative safety of roads using roadway inventory data and/or crash history. The program provides highway safety planners a solid, data-driven foundation for developing highway safety plans. Modeled on research and software developed in Europe and Australia, RAP programs are used in more than 70 countries around the world. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety provided the initial funding to start-up the usRAP program, which is now managed by the Roadway Safety Foundation in Washington, DC.
Check out the following article in the May/June 2013 edition of Public Roads:
Using Risk to Drive Safety Investments
by Howard Preston, Richard Storm, Karen Scurry, and Elizabeth Wemple
Applying a systemic approach can help States get the biggest bang for their buck in reducing crashes.
For training and technical assistance, apply online through the safety peer-to-peer program at http://rspcb.safety.fhwa.dot.gov/p2p/p2p_app.aspx
Contact Karen Scurry