Rural roadway departures make up a third of U.S. traffic fatalities – about 30 people a day. The Every Day Counts initiative, Focus of Reducing Rural Roadway Departures (FoRRRwD), features four pillars:
- Addressing All Public Roads
- Systemic Approach
- Safety Action Plan
- Proven Countermeasures
The FoRRRwD Team hosted five virtual peer exchanges in summer 2021. Participants from a wide variety of agencies across the country discussed current practices with the Systemic Approach and how to improve the process. We wish you could have all been part of that, but this webinar was the next best thing – it provided presentations and highlights from each of the discussion topic areas:
- What is Systemic? Why Systemic?
- Data Needs & Risk Factors
- Analysis & Prioritization of Systemic Projects
- Evaluating the Program & Institutionalizing
State, local, and tribal stakeholders – review the webinar recording and learn how you can better use the Systemic Approach to save more lives in your community or jurisdiction.
Speakers and Topics included:
- Karen Scurry, FHWA Office of Safety – Karen briefly presented why the systemic approach was so critical a component of driving down crashes – especially rural roadway departures. She also discussed how it was different from, yet complements, other approaches.
- Nicole Moore, Iowa DOT and Molly O’Brien, Kimley Horn – Nicole provided background on Local Road Safety Plans and Molly presented the data and risk factors used in the systemic analysis for the county plans in Iowa.
- Scott Neidert, DelDOT – Scott covered the evolution of analyzing and prioritizing projects with the systemic approach in Delaware.
- Mike Vaughn, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet – Mike discussed how Kentucky has institutionalized the concept of the systemic approach.