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Developing a Highway Safety Fundamentals Course : Research Project Capsule
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  • Abstract:
    Although the need for road

    safety education was fi rst

    recognized in the 1960s,

    recently it has become an

    increasingly urgent issue. To

    fulfi ll the hefty goal set up by

    the AASHTO Highway

    Safety Strategy (cutting

    traffi c fatalities in half by 2020) and by the state (Destination Zero Death by Louisiana Strategy

    Highway Safety Plan), it is critical to have a workforce that fully understands the fundamentals

    of highway safety. At the present time, the most experienced highway safety engineers acquire

    their expertise through on-the-job training. The retirement of those experienced professionals in

    the next decade will result in a gap in the roadway safety workforce development. Ensuring that

    newly entering engineering students are equipped with a suffi cient background in highway safety

    is critical to sustaining the progress of reducing the number of crashes in recent years. Therefore,

    one way to ensure such an adequate workforce is to develop a college level course to educate

    students, which has not been done in the past.

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