The Road Safety 365 Workshop provides local and rural agencies with practical and effective ways to mainstream safety solutions into their day-to-day activities and project development process.
Rural roads account for approximately 40 percent of the vehicle miles travelled in the US, but 55 percent of fatalities. The fatality rate for rural crashes is more than twice the fatality rate for urban crashes. Over ¾ of all US road miles are rural, and almost 80 percent of the 3 million miles of rural roads in the US are owned and operated by local entities. For the driving public, ownership of a roadway is irrelevant, but getting infrastructure safety information and tools to local road agencies is critical to improving national rural road safety. There are more than 3,000 counties and more than 16,000 towns and township governments in the US, that vary widely in the size of the engineering staff and their sophistication regarding road safety decisions.
This two part recorded webinar series focuses on processes for incorporating safety into all aspects of local and rural road projects, and on making safety a priority through inclusion in the traditional decision-making process—365 days a year. The course stresses the importance of road safety and illustrates how it can be integrated into rural/local transportation project development at all stages: planning, design, construction, implementation, operations, and maintenance. Through practical exercises and facilitator-led discussions, the emphasis is on operations and maintenance to reflect the predominant, day-to-day responsibilities of rural/local transportation agencies. The benefits and potential cost savings of safety initiatives are shown using examples from rural/local agencies.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
• Explain the need for making roads safer.
• Separate safety myths from reality.
• Demonstrate how to “read the road.”
• Describe practical and low-cost countermeasures to improve safety, both on existing roads and during the design stage.
• Identify effective ways of encouraging communities to make their roads safer.
• Create an action list for implementing at least one safety improvement at their local agency.
Part 1 of 2
◾ The Need for Road Safety
◾ Road Safety – Myth vs. Reality
◾ Reading the Road – How to Improve Safety in Your Community
Part 2 of 2
◾ Making Roads Safer with Site Analysis
◾ How to do More with Less
◾ Spreading the Word about Safety
Todd Morrison, P.E. is a road safety advocate as a speaker, workshop instructor, and online trainer. For the past twelve years he has worked for numerous Contractors, Local Technical Assistance Programs, Cities, Counties, and DOT’s. He has taught over 500 workshops and trained over 15000 individuals. He retired from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet after serving in the Divisions of Construction, Maintenance and Traffic. At the Cabinet, he worked with environmental, work zone, construction and maintenance concerns as an Environmental Coordinator, Maintenance/Traffic Engineer, and as a Branch Manager for Operations. Recently, Todd served for two years as Kentucky’s Safety Circuit Rider helping local agencies identify low cost improvements to reduce crashes. Todd is an ATSSA certified Traffic Control Supervisor, Flagging Instructor, and Traffic Control Design Specialist.
To earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or a Certificate of Completion for each recorded webinar, you must view the entire webinar. After viewing, please fill out the web form at the link below to request your certificate. The Florida LTAP Center will follow-up within 2-3 weeks.
Each session in the series will award 2.0 PDHs, and a total of 4.0 PDHs can be earned for fully attending both sessions.