RSAs for Safety

For over 10 years, the number of fatalities on U.S. roadways has remained at a steady level of about 42,000 deaths annually. Although the fatality rate on U.S. roadways has decreased markedly, to 1.46 deaths/100 million vehicle miles traveled, further improvements are vital. In 2005, nearly 3 million people were injured and some 43,200 killed on U.S. roadways; however, even though these numbers represent an improvement, the number and rate of deaths and economic implications are unacceptable to the Nation and its principal highway agencies and associations. This article describes the promotion of one of the many initiatives undertaken by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration: its adoption of road safety audits (RSAs). An RSA is a formal examination of the safety performance of a roadway or intersection by an independent, multidisciplinary team of transport professionals. RSAs are considered a comprehensive, proactive, and effective tool for improving road safety while a facility is still in the planning or design stage, or for identifying and mitigating safety issues on existing roadways.


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  • Accession Number: 01042275
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2007 4:54PM