In 1996 and 1997, AASHTO developed the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to address fatalities and injuries from highway crashes in the U.S. The aim of the plan is to reduce the number of highway deaths by 5,000-7,000/year, as well as reduce health care costs substantially. As part of the implementation of the plan, an NCHRP project was initiated to develop and validate guidance documents to assist state/local agencies with reducing fatalities in 6 targeted emphasis areas. Run-off-road (ROR) crashes, particularly on 2-lane rural roads, was one targeted emphasis area. Three objectives were identified to reduce the number of fatal ROR crashes: keep vehicles from encroaching on the roadside; minimize the likelihood of crashing or overturning if the vehicle travels off the shoulder; and reduce the severity of the crash. 12 strategies were identified to accomplish these objectives. Information on 4 of the 12 strategies is presented. The application, effectiveness, costs, and implementation of shoulder rumble strips; improved pavement markings; skid-resistant pavement treatments; and shoulder treatments are discussed. The information in the paper was excerpted from the draft ROR guidance document. The draft guide should be referenced for detailed information on all 12 countermeasures.

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    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • McGee, H W
    • Prothe, L
    • Eccles, K A
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  • Publication Date: 2002


  • English

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  • Pagination: 16p

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  • Accession Number: 00936488
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 093540371X
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 6 2003 12:00AM