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Part 3: Safe Vehicles

September 2021 Webinar

Availability Status: Archived

Description/Learning Outcomes:

No doubt you have been hearing the terms Safe System Approach and Traffic Safety Culture over the past few years, but are 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?

If so, then this 6-part series is for you!

In Part 3 of the series, we focused on the Safe Vehicle Element through the lens of actions agencies can take. First, we looked at what rural agencies can do to prepare for automated, connected, and electric vehicles; then we explored examples of agencies prioritizing safety in their own vehicles safer. The examples included Colorado Department of Transportation’s (DOT) autonomous attenuator truck being used for rural road painting operations and the Missouri DOT statewide implementation of their real-time digital warning equipment/technology on over 500 fleet vehicles at the DOT. 

Additional webinars will include Part 4: Safe Speeds (October), Part 5: Safe Roads (November), and Part 6: Post-Crash Care (December).

Part 3 Webinar Outcomes
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants were able to:

  • Explain how connected and automated vehicles work and list actionable items they can take to prepare for automated, connected, and electric vehicles in rural areas.
  • Name the benefits of using an autonomous attenuator truck in rural areas.
  • Define how a real-time digital warning system works.

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

  • Eric Jackson PhD, Executive Director, Connecticut Transportation Institute, Director, Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center

Dr. Jackson has focused on improving the crash data collection process in Connecticut as well as providing public access to crash data and transportation safety analysis tools. This includes the Connecticut Crash Data Repository and the Connecticut Roadway Safety Management System. His interests align with understanding how humans and technology can interface to improve safety and prevent serious and fatal injuries.

  • Tyler Weldon, State Maintenance Engineer, Colorado DOT

Tyler is a professional engineer that supports CDOT’s Division of Maintenance and Operations. He has 25 years of experience in highway construction, design, hydraulic and in the last eight years in maintenance managing deicer, avalanche, radios, roadside vegetation, engineering contracts and statewide tunnel assets. In addition, he has led the Autonomous Maintenance Technology (AMT) pool fund to deploy the autonomous crash truck on Colorado highways and will be presenting Colorado’s autonomous traffic mobile attenuator and rural highway painting program. 

  • Randy Johnson, KC Scout Manager, Missouri DOT

Randy Johnson currently oversees KC Scout, a one-of-a-kind bi-state traffic management system that focuses on its traffic management center, DOT’s emergency response and motorist assist vehicles and intelligent transportation systems.  Prior to KC Scout, he honed his skills by working in construction, traffic, project management and planning and somewhere along the way became a registered Professional Engineer, Accident Reconstructionist and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.  His passion for improving safety and reliability drives him and his team to continue creating innovative solutions.