This document constitutes NHTSA's first fully coordinated and comprehensive Section 403 program plan and establishes proposals for five years of research, development, demonstration and support projects. A proposed plan published in March 1979 was an internal product developed by the Agency based on highway safety problems and potential solutions practical at that time. It served as a springboard for the ensuing discussions with the highway safety research, and practitioner community. NHTSA has been engaged in active dialogue with public, private, and government groups at all levels regarding the strengths and weaknesses of that first plan. In putting together this plan, the Agency has attempted to overcome deficiencies and build upon the strengths of the earlier approaches. This plan reflects as well as possible within the bounds of current fiscal constraints, the concerns and needs of the larger highway safety community. Since this plan is actually a revision of the 1979 proposed plan, rather than a second phase of a planning cycle, we have retained the 1980-1984 time frame, in spite of the fact that Fiscal Year 1980 is now over. This will facilitate direct comparisons of the two plans and also will provide a frame of reference for the projects planned for 1981-1984, which in many cases represent research begun in 1980 or even earlier. Subsequent updates will include FY 1985 projects and beyond. Although the word "proposed" has been deleted from this plan, this should not be construed to mean that the Agency is "locked into" the approaches or projects presented in this document. As stated below, NHTSA is, and will continue to be, open to suggestions for improvements in its activities. The Agency firmly believes that plans are only as good as the process through which they are developed. Thus, emphasis has been placed on peer review and wide public disclosure of our plans. As stated throughout this document, we will be receptive to, and heartily encourage, comments on our activities so that we may utilize these in the next revision to the plan. The objectives of the plan are to: Provide the public, private groups, and government at all levels an opportunity to review our programs during the early planning stages, and to participate in this planning process; Permit States and local communities, as well as the highway safety research community, to anticipate NHTSA's programs in their own planning; and, Provide an internal planning document for NHTSA officials and program managers to use in preparing program strategies and allocating limited resources. (Author)

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 144 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334676
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-805 699
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1982 12:00AM