Research important to drive for Zero Deaths
Brent Jennings, PE
I believe the same can be said for the highway safety industry. One area that comes to mind is work zone safety. I remember growing up and the barricades consisted of a simple wooden “saw horse” with some type of light that may or may not be working. Hit this with your vehicle and the barricade may severely injury or even kill you. Today lanes are delineated with highly reflectivity and traffic control devices are designed to withstand vehicular hits that minimizes injury or death to vehicular occupants. This is all a result of research which started with a good idea.
At the Idaho Transportation Department a highway research program exists and more projects regarding highway safety are being addressed. Some of the highway safety research projects under way are:
In the coming weeks the Office of Highway Safety will have the opportunity to pursue funding for additional highway safety research projects. Our office will entertain any ideas you might have for highway safety research. If you have an idea for highway safety research that you believe might have merit, please contact me.
Indeed, research improves the quality of our lives. Highway safety research plays an important role in our journey Toward Zero Deaths on all of Idaho’s roadways.
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