Road Safety 365


Jun 07, 2017


Sandhill REC - lakehouse

900 Clemson Road

Columbia, SC


Course Description: 
The Road Safety 365 Workshop is a one-day training session designed to provide 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 traveled 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 one-day workshop 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

Learning Outcomes:
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 ways to plan, implement, and fund low-cost safety measures.
• Access existing resources to find the answer and/or data to address a question or problem that comes up on the job.
• 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.

Course Instructor:
Todd Morrison, P.E., is a Technology Transfer Engineer with the Kentucky Local Technical Assistance Program, at the University of Kentucky. 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, pavement, construction and maintenance concerns as an Environmental Coordinator, Maintenance/Traffic Engineer, Resident/Construction Engineer, Area Engineer, and as a Branch Manager for Operations. Recently he served for two years as Kentucky’s Safety Circuit Rider helping local agencies identify low cost improvements to reduce crashes.

8:00-8:30  Class Check-In
8:30-9:00  Course Introduction
9:00-9:45  The Need for Road Safety
9:45-10:25  Road Safety – Myth vs. Reality
10:25-10:35  Break
10:35-11:05  Reading the Road – How You Can Help Improve Safety in Your Community
11:05-11:30  Making Roads Safer – A Process for Reducing Crashes
11:30-12:30  Lunch
12:30-1:20  Making Roads Safer – A Process for Reducing Crashes (continued)
1:20-2:05  Group Activity – Identifying Opportunities for Making Roads Safer
2:05-2:35  Planning and Paying for Safety Improvements – How to do More with Less
2:35-2:45  Break
2:45-3:15  Spreading the Word about Safety
3:15-4:00  Course Discussion and Wrap up

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is aimed primarily at local and rural road and/or public works supervisors and personnel. Other attendees for this training may include elected officials, public safety advocates, state DOT personnel, enforcement, consultants, contractors, regional/rural development organizations, municipal associations, town safety committees, local planning commissions, MPOs, university extension offices, and LTAP and TTAP personnel. Some audience members will be familiar with road safety issues, while others may be less knowledgeable.

Course Fee:
The registration fee for the workshop is $135.00 per person. All South Carolina city, county, or state employees receive a LTAP scholarship registration fee of $55.00. The fee includes course materials, break refreshments, and the morning breakfast.

This course has a maximum of 30 students, and will be capped at this number. Advanced registration is encouraged so that an accurate estimate of the number of workshop participants can be obtained. Workshops with low advanced registration will be subject to cancellation.

Payment Policy:
Payment must be received no later than 5 business days prior to the workshop. If your registration payment is not received by then, you will not be guaranteed your slot in the class.

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel your registration more than 72 hours before a class, your registration fee will be refunded, less a $35 processing fee. If you do not cancel before the 72 hour deadline your registration fee will not be refunded. You may send a substitute in your place, provided that you inform us of the substitute’s name no later than 24 hours before the training. No-shows will not have their registration fee refunded.

If you have questions regarding workshop registration please contact Brittany Wirtz at 864-656-4383 or bwirtz@clemson.edu.