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Safety Performance Management

March 2017 Webinar

Availability Status: Archived

Description/Learning Outcomes:

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are co-hosted a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar.

Webinar Description

This webinar provided an overview of the Safety Performance Management (SPM) final rule for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the role of local partners in achieving compliance with the SPM regulations.

Webinar Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants were able to:

  • Describe the safety performance management final rule.
  • Understand how local partners can help achieve compliance with this rule.
  • Identify the roll locals will play in crash reporting (accuracy and timeliness).
  • Understand behavioral highway safety performance management requirements for State Highway Safety Offices and their impacts for a local agency audience.

 Target Audience

This training iwa 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. Participants had some basic familiarity with transportation safety.

Course Presenters

George Merritt, Safety and Geometric Design Engineer, FHWA Resource Center

  • George leads FHWA’s technical assistance and deployment efforts for Safety Performance Management and Performance Based Practical Design (PBPD).  His focus is to improve the safety of the Nation’s highways through innovative intersection design, freeway/Interstate interchange design, nighttime visibility including sign and pavement marking retroreflectivity and roadway lighting, roadway departure/roadside design, intersection design, human factors applications, and AASHTO’s Highway Safety Manual.  George started his career with the Indiana Dept. of Transportation and has been with FHWA since 2001. 

Amy Schick, Grants Program Manager, NHTSA

  • Amy began her career with NHTSA in 2007 as a Presidential Management Fellow. Since then Amy served in NHTSA’s research and program development office working on EMS, adult occupant protection, and distracted driving matters and has served as a Congressional Fellow with the US House Appropriations Committee. Currently, Amy works for NHTSA’s Grants Management and Operations office providing technical assistance to states through NHTSA’s ten regional offices.  In this role, Amy helps annually administer federal grants, to improve core highway safety programs under 23 U.S. Code § 402 State and Community Highway Safety Grants and § 405 National Priority Safety Programs.  Amy holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Emergency Health Services and a Master’s of Science degree in Health Promotion.  Before NHTSA, Amy worked as an EMT-Paramedic and served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve Finance Corps. Amy lives in Virginia with her husband, 4-year old son and two rescue dogs.