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UT – Transportation Safety Data and Analysis

October 22, 2009

Transportation Safety Data and Analysis
Record Type: DOT
[Research in Progress]

This study will address transportation safety in the state of Utah in a way that it has not been addressed in the past, from a system wide basis. Transportation safety has been, and continues to be, a critical component emphasized by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). The number of deaths on highways in the United States has remained steady over the past 15 years at approximately 40,000 fatalities per year. Although the total number of fatalities is relatively constant, the fatality rate is dropping due to an increase in the total number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the nation. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has placed transportation safety at the forefront of their priorities over the past several years. One of the more active programs in the state is the “Zero Fatalities: A Goal We Can All Live With” campaign. Since the inception of the campaign, awareness of traffic safety has increased, while traffic fatalities in the state have dropped 24 percent since 2000. While great strides have been made in transportation and traffic safety, there are continual improvements to be made. One of the factors that can help to aid in these improvements is an increase in focused transportation safety research in the state with an emphasis in the improvement of transportation safety data collection and analysis. The objective of this study is to establish a program that would provide UDOT with transportation safety research that goes beyond today and addresses the future of the system. Such a program would emphasize transportation safety data and the statistical analysis of that data in five primary areas: 1) development of analytical tools for safety analysis, 2) establishment and calibration of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) for the state, 3) systematic mitigation of safety issues, 4) prioritization of low-cost safety improvements (e.g., rumble strips and cable barrier), and 5) workforce development (training transportation safety engineers of the future). This study will establish the framework for focused safety research in the state that includes all five areas outlined and addresses items 1 and 2 in more detail.

Start date: 2009/9/1
End date: 2011/8/31
Status: Active
Secondary Number: PIC No. UT09.602
Total Dollars: 100000
Source Organization: Utah Department of Transportation
Date Added: 10/22/2009

Sponsor Organization
Utah Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.utah.gov/
4501 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119-
USA

Performing Organization
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
USA

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