TRB Safety Activities '06

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TRB SAFETY ACTIVITIES
A BRIEF SUMMARY
HIGHWAY SAFETY MANUAL
• Excellent research and production support
through NCHRP
• Task Force fully functional with six
subcommittees, e.g. content, planning,
policy, implementation, communication,
research
• First edition target late ‘08
• Independent Review Process initiated
HSM CONT.
• Chapter review sub-committees
established, e.g. 2-lane rural roads model
• Guiding principles finalized
• Mid-year meeting in June
Relation of AASHTO and HSM explained
later in Tony’s comments
DATA SHARING GUILLEN DECISION
• ID by SCPWG from state forums
• Initial SCOHTS discussion in 2002
• Re-cast and request for funding in
2003
• Funding not available in 2003
• Sent to SCOR
SCOR FUNDED REQUEST
• NCHRP 8-54
• Best Methods and Practices of Data
Integration for Transportation Depts.
• Source: SCOP
• Funds: $50,000
• Project completed and final draft report
due later this month. Published report
early fall
ROUNDABOUTS
• Joint Subcommittee on Roundabouts to
become a task force
• May conference, 325 attended
• CD-rom-1,000 copies distributed
• Available on-line as e-circular E-C083
• Planning for ’08 in Kansas City
SAFETY WORKFORCE
• Joint Subcommittee on Safety
Workforce becoming a task force
• Scan of available training (degree,
certificate, short course or singe courses)
in highway/traffic safety done.
• Core Competencies for safety
professionals completed.
Safety Workforce Development
(cont)
• Published as Research Results Digest
(RRD) 302. Will be sent to SCHOTS.
• Policy study on state of safety professional
development funded
• Document nature and extent of problem
• Information gathering workshop in Aug.
• Next steps – creating pull, e.g. SC DOT
More Safety Activities
• Truck and Bus Safety Research Future
Opportunities Conference completed.
• Report available online as Conference
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TRANSPORATION SAFETY
PLANNING
• SCP was renewed in SAFETY-LU
• SHSP a new requirement
• The SCP Working Group recognizing the
very close and beneficial relationship
between the two transformed into the
TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PLANNING
WORKING GROUP
TSP WORKING GROUP ACTIVITIES
• Developing safety guides for planners –based on
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NCHRP 500 series
Created website WWW.TSP.TRB.ORG
E-newsletter on-line, notify 1600
Workshop held on Safety Data Analysis and
Tools. Highlighted recent and under
development techniques.
26 Forums held, highlight was Tribal Forum in
Montana
Next emphasis on decision makers
VISUALIZATION
• Software and hardware developing rapidly
• Genesis in safety/human factors uses
• Use expanding, e.g. design, maintenance,
construction, project management,
planning/public involvement
• 5th conference in Denver, October, 2006
• Website at www.trbvis.org
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS
• Mid-year workshop in ’05 on all aspects of
illegal drugs and traffic safety.
• Explores problem ID, testing,
enforcement, adjudication,
countermeasures, and sucess/failure
• Later this month will be e-circular, DRUGS
and TRAFFIC, on TRB website.
TEEN DRIVING
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Continuing high crash risk
First 1200-1800 hours or six months
IOM/TRB study and workshop convened
Adolescent and brain development research
show underpinnings for success of GDL.
Continued expansion of GDL, particularly with
night, peer riders, and cell phone restrictions
Use new knowledge in recreating DE
R & T COORDINATION
• Follow-up to the R & T Forum Partnership
Highway Safety Agenda
• Study committee formed, met, held
workshop
• Developed process for updating national
agenda and coordinating between,
federal, state, private and academic
funders. Limited to infrastructure safety.
Safety Research Indicators
in TRB
• 375 papers submitted to TRB (310 in ’05
and 275 in ’04)
• 80 sessions safety related (out of 820)
(75 out of 841 in ‘05)
• Now 20 safety committees and task forces
• 5 subcommittees in emerging areas, e.g.
accident reconstruction, EMS, emergency
evacuation
• Conclusion: interest growing

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