A recent TR News article by Pfefer and Neuman advocated improving the use of safety data in highway design. This argument follows theirs, but is broader and more focused. It is broader because it deals with all the decisions that have an impact on safety--not just highway design decisions. It is more focused because it emphasizes the need for accessible, authoritative, fact-based information about the safety consequences of various decisions. This kind of information is a prerequisite for a significant decrease in highway casualties. However, compiling and maintaining this information requires long-term commitment and extensive resources. This article points out that only a fraction of useful safety knowledge now finds its way into the Transportation Research Information Service (TRIS) and similar databases. Some material has never been submitted for publication or presented at a conference. A website with free access could make such information available. If the website is useful, people will download documents, ask questions, chat, seek advice, and find contacts. This article concludes that the technology is ripe and the atmosphere is favorable to start building the Safety Online Resource and Communication Exchange (SORCE). The author calls on the Transportation Research Board to provide the leadership to make SORCE happen.


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Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 15-17
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 210
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00800156
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 10 2000 12:00AM