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Roadway Departure Countermeasures

The FHWA’s Roadway Departure Safety Program provides important information for transportation practitioners, decision makers, and others to assist them in preventing and reducing the severity of roadway departure crashes.

Roadway departure crashes are frequently severe and account for the majority of highway fatalities. In 2009, there were 16,265 fatal roadway departure crashes resulting in 18,087 fatalities, which was 53 percent of the fatal crashes in the United States. A roadway departure crash is defined as a non-intersection crash which occurs after a vehicle crosses an edge line or a center line, or otherwise leaves the traveled way.

Identifying road segments and the selecting appropriate, effective countermeasures becomes a critical part of the roadway safety improvement program to reduce crashes on the nation’s roadways.

Federal Highway Administration - Office of Safety recently developed the following twelve Safety countermeasures flyers that aim to provide needed information and available resources for use by State and local agencies, Safety advocates and practitioners as well as design professionals. These Flyers can also be downloaded as handouts in PDF format for distribution. If additional information is needed, please contact Joseph Cheung - Joseph.cheung@dot.gov.

Page last modified on August 8, 2014
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