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Roadway Safety Guide: A Primer for Community Leaders


March 20, 2014

CONTACT: Cathy Gillen
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) is pleased to announce that the 2014 Roadway Safety Guide:  A Primer for Community Leaders is now available on-line at www.roadwaysafety.org.

The Roadway Safety Guide is a hands-on, user-friendly document designed to provide community leaders and local elected officials with basic information to improve roadway safety in their communities.  Originally published by RSF in 2000, this new/updated version includes information on numerous new technologies and engineering treatments like modern roundabouts and median barriers that have been revised with years of safety research and data now supporting their implementation.

“The Guide is extremely timely right now as states across the country are currently in the process of updating their Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSP),” said Greg Cohen, Executive Director of the Roadway Safety Foundation.  “The SHSP is developed by each State Department of Transportation in a cooperative process with Local, State, Federal, Tribal and private sector safety stakeholders. It is a data-driven, multi-year comprehensive plan that establishes statewide goals, objectives, and key emphasis areas. We know the Guide will be very valuable to those in the process of updating these safety plans.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes and fatalities increased in 2012 after six consecutive years of declining highway fatalities on our nation’s highways.  The nation lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways in 2012, compared to 32,479 in 2011.

The Guide includes helpful information such as checklists for identifying roadway trouble spots, information on building successful coalitions, and tips for getting concerns prioritized by the right people who can address them.  Written for non-engineers, it retains the readability that made the first edition so popular, and draws people from all backgrounds into the roadway safety conversation.

The Guide is easy to navigate and includes many features that make it user friendly. There is a tool that makes it searchable by word, direct links to each chapter from the Table of Contents, web links to resources and social media sharing links.

The Guide is sponsored by several RSF members and safety partners including the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), State Farm, the National Association of County Engineers (NACE), the American Bus Association (ABA) and Transpo Industries.  This Guide would not be possible without their generous support.

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The Roadway Safety Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable and educational organization.  Our mission is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through improvements to roadway systems and their environment.  For additional information please visit www.roadwaysafety.org.

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