December 10, 2021


7:45AM - 4:00PM

Contact Hours


Location Online - Course

This hybrid online class will combine both live instruction and independent online work that you will complete during the day.  Independent work will include quizzes, readings, videos and short assignments.  Access to a computer with a webcam (either a camera that is built into your laptop or one that connects via USB), a reliable internet connection and a workspace that is free from distraction and noise will set you up for success.


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.



1.  Road Safety Defined From a Science-Based Perspective
2. The Science-Based Perspective
3. Road Safety – a Complex Field
4. Road User Decisions
5. Science-Based Road Safety Research
6. Foundation for Road Safety Management Policy
7. Key Events and Legislation
8. Contributing Crash Factors and Interactions
9. Problem Identification
10. Integrating Safety into the Transportation Planning Process


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, Inspectors, Emergency response personnel, Safety data collectors, managers, and analysts

Registration and Payment

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

Local Government: $30.00
State/Federal: $30.00
Private Industry: $30.00
Tribes: $0

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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