EVALUATION OF CRITERIA FOR SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ON THE HIGHWAY

THE NEED FOR AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO THE PROGRAMMING OF HIGHWAY SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS WAS ESTABLISHED BY THIS STUDY. OBVIOUSLY, HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS CANNOT ELIMINATE ALL ACCIDENTS, FOR MANY OTHER FACTORS ARE INVOLVED - POLICING, TRAFFIC COURT ADMINISTRATION, DRIVER LICENSING AND OTHER ESSENTIAL SAFETY FUNCTIONS AS WELL AS THE UNCONTROLLABLE NATURE OF THE INDIVIDUAL DRIVER. SUBSTANTIAL ACCIDENT REDUCTION CAN BE BROUGHT ABOUT IN SPECIFIC SITUATIONS BY IDENTIFYING LOCATIONS AND SECTIONS OF HIGHWAY THAT MEET A PRE-DETERMINED DEFINITION OF HAZARDOUS, AND THEN BY DIRECTING IMPROVEMENTS TOWARD THESE SITUATIONS. IN NO OTHER WAY CAN SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS PRODUCE RESULTS THAT WILL JUSTIFY THE REQUIRED EXPENDITURE OF ALWAYS-LIMITED HIGHWAY DOLLARS. THE CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS RESULTING FROM THIS STUDY MAY PROVE HELPFUL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAMS. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Jorgensen (Roy) and Associates

    17 Firstfield Road
    Gaithersburg, MD  USA  20760

    Westat, Incorporated

    Research Division, 11600 Nebel Street
    Rockville, MD  USA  20852
  • Publication Date: 1966

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  • Accession Number: 00219889
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 227 pp
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1994 12:00AM