A Focused Approach to Safety Guidebook

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has developed the Focused Approach to Safety Program in order to better address the most critical safety challenges by devoting additional attention to high priority States. The purpose of the Focused Approach is to further decrease the number of fatalities and serious injuries on the Nation’s highways through a more targeted delivery of technical assistance and resources. FHWA’s safety focus also calls for the transportation community to think beyond traditional approaches and to consider low-cost, comprehensive, systematic safety solutions. This approach allows focus States to demonstrate dramatic results and to take advantage of the lessons learned across the country from States and localities that have shown safety improvements on their highways. This guidebook provides a concise resource for safety stakeholders to utilize. It outlines the program’s purpose, benefits, and history. It summarizes the methodology for how a State becomes eligible to participate, as well as the basic steps for success. Finally, it provides an overview of each of the focus areas (Intersections, Pedestrians, and Roadway Departure) with success stories and resources to fully engage each focus State in developing and implementing proven countermeasures. Highway safety requires a comprehensive, focused approach to deliver results.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Date on cover is September 2011.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Incorporated

    8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 700
    Vienna, VA  United States  22182-2626

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Safety, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Sawyer, Michael
    • Fiedler, Rebecca
    • Nabors, Dan
    • McGee, Hugh
    • Miller, Jeffrey
    • Barrington, Melonie
  • Publication Date: 2011-8-23


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 48p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01355946
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-SA-11-44
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2011 2:09PM