The purpose of this project was to develop and test a questionnaire method for the assessment of local highway safety programs and to determine whether an assessment instrument can be relied upon to provide a sufficient amount of reasonably accurate information about the nature of local highway safety activities as they relate to the highway safety standards. Twelve questionnaires were developed with numerous items that solicited information pertaining to the various sub-element program areas of the Highway Safety Program Structure including police traffic services, centralized traffic records, communications sytems, traffic crash management, emergency medical services, traffic engineering, traffic courts and prosecution, traffic safety education, driver education, and school bus transportation. A complete description of the project methodology as well as the development of the questionnaires and assessment method is provided in the report along with results of the pilot test and field check of questionnaire response. It was concluded that the questionnaire method is feasible in terms of obtaining sufficient and useful results for conducting local highway safety program assessments, and the method has utility within the limits of the extent and completeness of questionnaire returns. Although the questionnaire method will yield reasonably accurate information with a high degree of accuracy for those questionnaires returned, if complete information that is totally accurate is desired (e.g., in-depth assessment of a selected function statewide or all functional areas in a large number of cities) the questionnaire method will not suffice. This conclusion is based on the findings of this study which revealed that less than half of the cities returned all questionnaires and a maximum of 65% of any one functional questionnaire was returned.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing

    Highway Traffic Safety Center
    East Lansing, MI  United States  48824
  • Authors:
    • Carnahan, J
    • Dreveskracht, C L
    • Shinn, J R
    • Sheehe, G
  • Publication Date: 1971-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 266 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098453
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM