POSITIVE GUIDANCE: NEW VISIONS FOR SAFER HIGHWAYS. THE REPORT OF THE NATIONAL ADVISORY TASK FORCE ON POSITIVE GUIDANCE

This report presents an effort to evaluate some of the long-term consequences of improved safety measures on state and federal highways. Specifically, it discusses the concept of "positive guidance," a method of improving highway safety through better signage and road markings. The report is the result of a three-year study by a special task force of state officials. Its findings and recommendations, adopted overwhelmingly with only one dissenting vote, are made with state-level decisionmakers in mind, the men and women who ultimately decide where to spend scarce dollars. Among the significant findings of the report is that as many as 7,000 highway fatalities might be avoided annually in the U.S. if basic recommendations regarding positive guidance and highway safety policies were implemented by the states. This would represent an estimated 15 percent reduction in highway deaths. The recommendations relate to reforms in the visual information management system--to improve the quality and uniformity of the signs that drivers see--and to changes in the size and brightness of highway signs--to allow more people to see them more easily day and night, within the context of standard highway safety programs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Council of State Governments

    Iron Works Pike
    Lexington, KY  United States  40505
  • Publication Date: 1990

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 82 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00610882
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1991 12:00AM