This three-part webinar series will focus on learning about reducing roadway departure crashes. The Federal Highway Administration defines a roadway departure crash as a crash which occurs after a vehicle crosses an edge line or a center line, or otherwise leaves the traveled way. Another term often used is a “lane departure crash”, which is synonymous with roadway departure, since both can include head-on collisions when a vehicle enters an opposing lane of traffic. From 2016 to 2018, an average of 19,158 fatalities resulted from roadway departures, which is over half of all traffic fatalities in the United States!
In this series, we will be looking at a strategic approach to reducing roadway departure crashes, including identification of appropriate countermeasures such as the following:
- Delineation and signing
- Improved friction
- Rumble strips and rumble stripes
- Clear recovery area
- Crash safety hardware
Through the course of the series, attendees will be introduced to other resources that they can use to help reduce roadway departure crashes in their area. The Florida LTAP Center is pleased to partner with the Florida Department of Transportation to present this recorded webinar series on Roadway Departure Safety.
Larry Hagen, P.E., PTOE, RSP is the owner of Hagen Consulting Services, LLC. He has worked in the public sector, the private sector, and academia. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and a former board member of the Florida Section of ITE, serving as President in 2002. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and Georgia, and is a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) and a certified Road Safety Professional (RSP). He has over 30 years of experience doing transportation engineering work throughout the state of Florida.
To earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or a Certificate of Completion for each recorded webinar, you must view the entire webinar. After viewing, please send an email to FloridaLTAP@cutr.usf.edu with your name and the name of the webinar you viewed. The Florida LTAP Center will follow-up within 2-3 weeks.
Each session will award 2.0 PDH’s. A total of 6.0 PDH’s can be earned for fully viewing all 3 recordings.
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Part 1 of 3 – Foundations of Roadway Departure Safety
In this first session, we will be looking at what is a roadway departure crash, how prevalent they are, and why roadway departures matter so much. We will also identify the three classes of countermeasures related to roadway departure safety.
Part 2 of 3 – Keeping Vehicles on the Road
One of the most effective roadway departure countermeasure classes that we can pursue is, “keeping vehicles on the roadway”. While it may sound simple, there are a lot of challenges in this area. Session 2 will look at things we can do to try to keep vehicles on the road.
- Roadway Departure Safety Part 2 Slide Deck
- Evaluation of Pavement Safety Performance
- Guidance for the Design and Application of Rumble Strips
- FoRRRwD Trading Cards
- Roadway Departure Strategic Plan
Part 3 of 3 – Minimize Severity & Systemic Safety
If a vehicle does leave the roadway, we strive to make sure it is not a fatal error. Often, a systemic approach to roadway departure safety proves to be very effective. This session will examine treatments to minimize the severity of lane departure crashes and the systemic approach to implementa those treatments.