April 01, 2020


7301 B Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, VA 23803

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Our roads and highways form a complex system. Infrastructure that makes travelers safer in one circumstance won’t necessarily work in another. Likewise, what makes a roadway efficient for some users excludes others; think of high-speed arterials without sidewalks because planners deemed the roads unsafe for pedestrians.

That’s an example of single-modal thinking, and implementing such measures has reduced crash and fatality rates. But those reductions have leveled off over time as we’ve reached the limits of what single-mode interventions— or those rooted in a single engineering discipline — can achieve. Further improvements must come from countermeasures that address road safety across all modes and from solutions based on multidisciplinary science and research.

Introduction to Highway Safety Fundamentals begins to explore the growing body of knowledge that underlies the safety transportation profession today. Participants will take away a new understanding of road safety defined by a science-based perspective that results in both fewer accidents and the mitigation of consequences when they do occur. It does so in part by emphasizing the “4 Es” of road safety: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency response.

The workshop is intended for design, traffic, safety, utilities, maintenance and operations engineers; transportation and land use planners; law enforcement; agency directors; project managers; inspectors; emergency response personnel; and safety data collectors, managers and analysts.


8:15 AM    Welcome and Introductions

8:30 AM
1.1          Road Safety Defined From a Science-Based Perspective

1.1.1      The Science-Based Perspective

1.1.2      The Dynamics of a Crash

1.1.3      Models for Understanding and Explaining Crashes

9:20 AM
1.2          Road Safety – a Complex Field

1.2.1      The Complex Nature of Road Safety

1.2.2      Safety Disciplines

1.2.3      4 Es of Road Safety

1.2.4      Road Safety Modes

1.2.5      Crash Prevention Paradigm Shift

9:45 AM               BREAK

10:00 AM
1.3          Road User Decisions

1.3.1      Types of Road User Decisions

1.3.2      Stages of Decision Making

1.3.3      Built Environment

1.3.4      Vehicle Design

11:00 PM

1.4          Science-Based Road Safety Research

1.4.1      Traditional Methods

1.4.2      Engineering and Public Health Science-based Methods

1.4.3      Quality Data and Data Systems

1.4.4      Data Driven Approaches to Road Safety

1.4.5      The Importance of Professional Support for Science-based  Approaches

12:00                     Lunch

12:30 PM

1.5          Foundation for Road Safety Management Policy

1.5.1      Key Events and Legislation

1.5.2      Federal Programs Established in the 70’s and 80’s

1.5.3      Current Structure and Priorities

1.5.4      Road Safety Research Initiatives

1:30 PM

1.6          Contributing Crash Factors and Interactions

1.6.1     Human Crash Factors

1.6.2     Roadway Crash Factors

1.6.3     Vehicle Crash Factors

1.6.4     Environmental Crash Factors

1.6.5     Analysis Methods

2:15 PM               BREAK

2:30 PM

1.7          Problem Identification

1.7.1      High Risk Sites

1.7.2      Comparable Sites

1.7.3      Sites with Promise (SWiPs)

1.7.4      Crash Types

1.7.5      Motives for Action

3:30 PM

1.8          Integrating Safety into the Transportation Planning Process

1.8.1      Transportation Planning Priorities

1.8.2      Basic Components of the Transportation Planning Process

1.8.3      Safety Integration Opportunities

1.8.4      Transportation Safety Planning Needs

1.8.5      Access to Key Players in the Planning Process

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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