STATE HIGHWAYS ADMINISTRATION'S EFFORTS PAY OFF IN FEWER TRAFFIC DEATHS

The decline in traffic deaths in Maryland (from 822 in 1973 to 669 to 1977) may partially be attributed to a policy adopted by the State Highways Administration. When a section of road is to be resurfaced it is examined to determine what other measures should be taken at the same time to make it safer (e.g. installing or replacing guardrails, making drainage structures flush with the surrounding areas, adding lanes at intersections). In addition, hazards are being eliminated at "High Accident Locations', i.e. areas where the accident rate per 100 million miles of vehicle travel exceeds that for similar spots in Maryland over a three year period. On the basis of accident records, a decision is made about the improvements to be made (e.g. installation of guardrails). A priority is then assigned to the project on the basis of its cost-effectiveness as compared to that of other projects. After an improvement has been made at a High Accident Location, the SHA monitors accident reports to see whether the rate drops.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Maryland Asphalt Association, Incorporated

    Baltimore Life Building, 901 North Howard Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21201
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 8-9
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179718
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 1978 12:00AM