Developing a Highway Safety Fundamentals Course : Research Project Capsule
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Developing a Highway Safety Fundamentals Course : Research Project Capsule

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      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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