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Part 4: Safe Speeds

October 2021 Webinar

Availability Status: Archived

Description/Learning Outcomes:

Webinar Series Description

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!

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

In Part 4 of the series, we will focus on the Safe Speed Element through the lens of actions agencies can take. We will examine the new NCHRP Research Report 966: Posted Speed Limit Setting Procedure and Tool, as well as, discuss case studies for speed management techniques in rural areas including the findings from NCHRP Research Report 737: Design Guidance for High-Speed to Low-Speed Transition Zones for Rural Highways.

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

Part 4 Webinar Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the steps for setting a posted speed limit
  • Name key elements to consider when setting a posted speed limit
  • List design treatment for rural high-speed to low-speed transition zones

Target Audience

This training is 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

  • Kay Fitzpatrick, Senior Research Engineer, Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University

Kay Fitzpatrick is a Senior Research Engineer with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Her research interests include pedestrian treatments, roadway geometric design, traffic control devices, roadway safety, and the effects of posted speed limits on safety and operations. Her work has influenced changes in the TxDOT Roadway Design Manual, FHWA MUTCD, and the AASHTO Green Book.

  • Darren Torbic, Research Scientist, Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University

Darren Torbic is a Research Scientist with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. He has over 27 years of research experience in the areas of highway safety, geometric design, traffic engineering, and pedestrian and bicycle transportation. He has served as principal investigator on numerous research projects for NCHRP, FHWA, and AASHTO. Dr. Torbic is the author or co-author of over 70 technical papers or research reports, several of which are referenced in the first edition of the Highway Safety Manual and 2018 Green Book.