October 30, 2019


VDOT Bristol District Learning Center
870 Bonham Road
Bristol, VA 24201

Contact Hours



This course provides links to web sites and documents, using interactive techniques that unravel crash data and analysis methods for use in developing local road safety plans and road safety audits. Attendees from Virginia’s cities and towns who own their own roads will learn how to develop data driven safety plans and road safety assessments. Practitioners from counties will learn methods to prioritize low cost safety measures on their local roads. This course provides tools and case studies to empower local practitioners to understand and utilize VDOT’s crash data system, download and understand crash data and reports, prepare crash analysis using predictive methods and comparisons to similar locations, prepare countermeasure plans and develop countermeasure benefits. These inputs are required for safety funding opportunities. The course is not an in depth lesson in the use of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM), which is covered in Dr. Joseph Hummer’s Highway Safety Fundamentals workshop.


Time                      Subject Matter

8:15 AM               Welcome and Introductions

Participant expectations

Housekeeping, course administration, learning materials

8:30 AM
1.1         FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation

1.1.1      Data Driven Safety Analysis (DDSA)

1.1.2      Roadway Departure Countermeasures

1.1.3      FHWA Office of Safety Programs

1.2         Roadway Departure Safety

1.2.1      Countermeasures to Keep Vehicles on Roadways

1.2.2      High Friction Surface Treatments

1.2.4      Rumble Strips and Rumble Stripes

1.2.5      Effects of Countermeasures on Driver Behavior on Rural Roadways

1.2.6      FHWA Office of Safety Proven Safety Countermeasures

9:45 AM               BREAK

10:00 AM            1.3          Enhanced Delineation and Friction for Horizontal Curves

1.3.1      Low-Cost Treatments for Horizontal Curve Safety 2016

1.3.2      Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets     and Highways (MUTCD)

1.3.3      National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD)

1.3.4      Highway Safety Manual (HSM)

1.4          Case Study – Upgrading Curve Signing in Ohio

1.4.1      Training, Tools, Guidance and Countermeasures for Local Practitioners

1.4.2      Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)

1.4.3      Horizontal Curve Safety / Nighttime Visibility

12:00                     LUNCH

1.5         Root Cause Analysis and How to Investigate a Near-Miss

1.5.1      A Systemic Approach to Safety – Using Risk to Drive Action

1.5.2      Local Road Safety Tools

1.5.3      American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

1.5.4      Safety Analyst software tool

1.5.5      Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM) software tool

1.5.6      Methods for Establishing Advisory Speeds on Curves

2:15 PM               BREAK

3:00 PM               1.6         Big Data – Using Data Science to Improve Traffic Safety

1.6.1      Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool

1.6.2      Crash Modification Factors Clearinghouse

1.6.3      Applying the Systemic Safety Approach on Local Roads

1.6.4      Virginia Crash Data

1.6.5      Road Safety Audits / Assessments

1.6.6      Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Projects

1.6.7      Every Day Counts

4:00 PM               Wrap up


Becky Golden

Becky Golden is Virginia’s first Safety Circuit Rider, coming to the program with more than 30 years of experience as a project and design engineer in local government in eastern and central Virginia. After beginning her career at Newport News Shipbuilding, she held various positions of increasing responsibility at the City of Virginia Beach, Hanover County Public Works, and Spotsylvania County. She also served in senior advisor roles with the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and the American Traffic Safety Services Association. Becky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in surveying and transportation design from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia and Chief Finance Officer for the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.

Who Should Attend

Engineers (design, traffic, safety, utilities, maintenance, operations)
Transportation & Land Use planners
Law enforcement
Agency Directors, Project Managers
Emergency response personnel
Safety data collectors, managers, and analysts

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:


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