Highway safety research is spread among a wide variety of organizations that have not coordinated their research or focused their attention on a well-defined program of high-priority, high-payoff research topics. This fragmentation of highway safety research resources, coupled with the increased appreciation of the importance of highway safety to the well-being of the U.S. public, has made highway safety the most recent candidate for the STRS (Strategic Transportation Research Studies) approach. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation initiated the idea of a Safety STRS project, a concept that received the endorsement of other state transportation officials and safety researchers, as well as the financial backing of NHTSA and FHWA. A special 18-month strategic study of highway safety research, which is being conducted by the Transportation Research Board, began in March 1989. The purpose of Safety STRS is to critically reexamine research on highway safety to detemine whether ongoing research efforts match the areas and topics that offer the greatest promise for highway safety improvements. Current research targets the three principal elements that affect highway safety: the vehicle, the roadway environment, and the driver.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 7
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 143
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00486191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1989 12:00AM