The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) hosted a FREE, 1.5 hour webinar.
This Safety Center sponsored webinar provided a background on the rural safety problem and how the systemic safety approach is used to help address these problems. Some examples of systemic safety applications were summarized and non-engineering application discussed. An overview of the High Five Rural Traffic Safety Project administered through the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB), a non-engineering application, was provided. This project uses 10 years of crash data and seat belt compliance data to determine annually which five rural counties will receive additional funding in order to increase enforcement, engineering, and education related to traffic safety in those counties. This webinar discussed how the project works, its ongoing outcomes, and how to develop a similar program in your area.
The content included:
- An understanding of the systemic safety approach (e.g., data collection, factor identification, and location prioritization) and how it applies to rural safety
- Knowledge of a systemic safety case study focused on a non-engineering concern
- Ability to develop a similar multi-disciplinary program that fits your situation
The presenters included:
- Pat Hoye, Bureau Chief of Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. Pat is a 31 year veteran of the Iowa State Patrol. During his tenure as Colonel, the State of Iowa saw record low fatalities and received recognition for the state’s high seat belt compliance and low alcohol related fatalities. In 2012, Pat was appointed as the Bureau Chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau where he still serves today.
- Nicole Oneyear, Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University. Nicole is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Transportation whose research focuses on rural safety, automated enforcement and use of naturalistic driving data.
- Keith Knapp, Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University. Keith Knapp is the Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Director. He has more than 25 years of experience in transportation-related training, outreach/extension, and research. His research has focused on the safety and operational impacts of roadway design and environmental characteristics.