2019 Safety Technical Sessions

Safety Technical Session Track | Chair, Scott Davis (Washington)


1:00pm – 4:30pm
Cyprus A

Workshop: Low Cost Safety Improvements
This course provides a comprehensive presentation of low cost, ready-to-use improvements that enhance the safety of roads and highways. It additionally provides background on the crash mitigation process including both conventional and systemic network screening. A synthesis of countermeasures and examples of their associated crash reduction factors are identified from either the CMF Clearinghouse or other relevant publications and both are presented in this course. Countermeasures for specific areas including roadway segments and curves, roadsides, and unsignalized intersections will be presented. Through a case study exercise, participants will learn how to evaluate a highway safety situation and consider countermeasures for that situation.

Speakers: Keith Knapp, Iowa LTAP; Nicole Oneyear, Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University

10:00am – 10:50am
Redbud C

Safety Session #1: Changing Traffic Safety Culture Part 1
Growing positive traffic safety culture within organizations and communities has the potential to significantly improve traffic safety in rural America. During this skill building, interactive workshop, participants will participate in two modules about safety culture. The modules will include practical examples addressing critical issues in traffic safety.  In the first module, participants will learn the basics about intentional behavior, how a variety of stakeholders across our organizations influence behavior and introduce a basic definition of traffic safety culture which can be used to improve traffic safety. A case study from rural Utah to improve seat belt use will provide a practical example of the concepts. In the second module, participants will apply the idea of safety culture to an organizational setting and engage in an exercise to explore ways of growing bystander engagement as a protective behavior within safety culture. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to change behavior, a working definition of traffic safety culture, and ideas about how they can leverage their role (and the role of others) in growing a positive traffic safety culture

Speaker: Jay Otto, Center for Health & Safety Culture, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University

11:00am – 11:50am
Redbud C

Safety Session #2: Changing Traffic Safety Culture Part 2



1:30pm – 2:45pm
Redbud C

Safety Session #3: Marketing Strategy
Rural road safety practitioners interact with elected officials in a variety of situations where transportation issues are discussed. These moments serve as opportunities for local practitioners to explain traffic safety issues and potential solutions to non-technical audiences. In this workshop, you will learn simple strategies and tactics to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences and will be given some simple communication tools for crafting more effective messages.

Speaker: Kevin Elliott, Applied Research Associates (ARA)

9:30am – 10:30am

Redbud C

Safety Session #4: Rural Road Departure

Every day 30 people die because of a roadway departure on a rural road in the United States.  Nearly half of these occur on Collector and Local roads that are typically maintained by local agencies.  There are proven countermeasures that can reduce the number and severity of these crashes.  They include measures to help keep vehicles on the road, like rumble strips; measures to reduce the potential for a crash if a vehicle does leave the road, like clear zones; and measures to reduce the severity of a crash like a barrier.  The mission of the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative to Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures (FoRRRwD)  is to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatal roadway departures by increasing the systemic deployment of these proven countermeasures.  In this session we will discuss the assistance that we can provide in the systemic analysis, development of Local Road Safety Plans (LRSP’s) and the countermeasures that have been proven to work. 

Speaker: Dick Albin, FHWA

10:00am – 11:00am
Redbud C

Safety Session #5: Local Road Safety Plan Panel Discussion
A facilitated discussion on panel members experience with the development of local road safety plans. 
Robert Goralka    Marin County       CA

Kevin Russel        Harrison County   IN

Darryl Lutz           Butler County       KS

Panos Kokkas      Yolo County         CA

Craig Parks          Boone County      IN

Moderator: Hillary Islebrands, FHWA

11:10am – Noon
Redbud A

Safety & Technology Committee Meeting

Scott Davis, Thurston County (WA)

Andrew Avery, Chemung County (NY)

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Redbud C

Workshop: Local Road Safety Plan - Hands On Workshop (invitation only)

The workshop is part of a partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) through the Every Day Counts (EDC4) Data Driven Safety Analysis initiative.  Objectives of this partnership is to work with counties across the nation to develop local road safety plans.  This is a face-to-face opportunity for program participants to get technical assistance to finish their local road safety plans.

Scott Davis, Thurston County (WA)

Marie Walsh, Louisiana LTAP

Hillary Isebrands, FHWA

Jerry Roche, FHWA