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Part 1: Introducing the Safe System Approach and Traffic Safety Culture

June 2021 Webinar

Availability Status: Archived

Description/Learning Outcomes:

No doubt you have heard of the terms Safe System Approach and Traffic Safety Culture over the past few years, but were you also wondering:

  • how to explain these terms to your peers and superiors?
  • how these terms apply to your agency?
  • how they fit with the work you do everyday?
  • how they can help improve safety on a rural road?

The Improving Rural Road Safety with the Safe System Approach 6-part webinar series explored how a Safe System Approach (SSA) can be applied to rural areas, discussed strategies rural areas are already using that fit within a SSA, and identified additional SSA techniques that can be applied to improve rural road safety.

Part 1 of the series focused on introducing the Safe System Approach and Traffic Safety Culture through specific rural examples.

Additional webinars included Part 2: Safe Road Users (July), Part 3: Safe Vehicles (August), Part 4: Safe Speeds (September), Part 5: Safe Roads (October), and Part 6: Post-Crash Care (November).

Webinar Outcomes

At the conclusion of the Part 1 webinar, participants were able to:

  • List the six principles and five elements of the Safe System Approach
  • Describe how the Safe System Approach is different from traditional road safety approaches
  • Describe how you and your agency can begin today to plan and implement Safe System concepts to improve safety on rural roads 
  • Understand the meaning of traffic safety culture
  • Recognize the role of traffic safety culture in the safe system approach and Vision Zero

Target Audience
This training was directed towards a very broad safety audience including, but not limited to, law enforcement, planners, engineers, first responders, elected officials, public health, tourism agencies, and safety culture experts.

Course Presenters 

  • Mark Doctor, Senior Safety and Geometric Design Engineer for the Federal Highway Administration’s Resource Center in Atlanta, GA.
    Mark advances the use of innovative, flexible and performance-based design practices on a national level and within FHWA’s safety and design disciplines providing training and technical capacity building activities. Mark began his career with the FHWA in 1988 and gained engineering experience through several positions in the FHWA Florida Division Office and former FHWA Region Office in Atlanta, GA where he was the Regional Traffic Management and ITS Engineer. From 1998 to 2005 he served in the FHWA Tennessee Division as the Field Operations Team Leader and also the Safety & ITS Team Leader. Mark has served in his current position with the FHWA Resource Center Safety and Design Team since 2005 where he provides technical services in the areas of geometric design, intersection safety, innovative intersections, roundabouts, freeway interchange design, and the Safe System approach. Mark is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia.
  • Nic Ward, Director of the Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University
    Professor Nic Ward (F. Erg. S.) is the Director of the Center for Health and Safety Culture and a Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering at Montana State University. Professor Ward holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology (Human Factors) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. In his role at the Center, Professor Ward is responsible for creating a network of collaborators, creating a sustainable vision for the center, and aligning the center with the University’s mission. He also serves as a Principal Investigator (PI) and provides leadership and expertise on multiple projects. Nic is an original member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Subcommittee on Roadway Safety Culture, co-author of the National Toward Zero Death strategy, and a recognized international leader for the advancement of traffic safety culture as the foundation for creating safe systems.