IMPACT OF RECENT CHANGES IN THE HIGHWAY SAFETY ENVIRONMENT: A PROJECT OVERVIEW
In some 15 reports and articles, The Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) has presented the results of a variety of studies pertaining to the impact of recent changes in the highway safety environment. The major areas investigated include the following: (1) Shoulder belt usage in the population at risk; (2) the effect of misclassification errors on estimates of seat belt effectiveness; (3) methodology for reducing the effect of these misclassification errors; (4) the relative effect of the lowered maximum speed limit vs the effect of reduced exposure due to the fuel shortage; (5) crashworthiness differences and crash involvement differences by make, model year and/or size of vehicle; and (6) methodologies for examining pre-crash factors in highway accidents. The overview presents the major findings in each of these six areas on a study-by-study basis along with an overall summary of the project effort. Of primary importance is the section on the significance of the study findings to NHTSA's current and future programs.
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillHighway Safety Research Center
Chapel Hill, NC United States 27599
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Stutts, J C
- Reinfurt, D W
- Publication Date: 1978-9-30
- Pagination: 53 p.
- TRT Terms: Accuracy; Crash investigation; Crashworthiness; Energy resources; Errors; Highway safety; Highway transportation; Manual safety belts; Measures of effectiveness; Safety; Shoulder harnesses; Speed limits; Traffic crashes; Utilization
- Uncontrolled Terms: Effectiveness; Energy crisis; Motor vehicle accidents
- Old TRIS Terms: Shoulder harness
- Subject Areas: Energy; Highways; Research; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00197494
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-804 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00897
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM