U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
November 18-19, 2014
FHWA's RSPCB Technical Assistance Program supports and sponsors peer exchanges and workshops hosted by agencies.
November 18-19, 2014
FHWA's Office of Safety sponsors P2P events. Learn more.
Systemic safety involves the use of countermeasures that are widely implemented based on high-risk roadway features correlated with particular severe crash types. Data shows that a majority of fatal crashes occur on rural roads. However, these crashes are not evenly distributed across the many miles of rural roadways, making it difficult to isolate high-crash locations for safety improvements. Systemic safety is a proactive approach that helps agencies broaden their safety efforts and consider risk as well as crash history when identifying where to implement low-cost safety improvements.
To assist agencies with advancing the implementation of the systemic approach to safety, especially at the local level, the FHWA Office of Safety hosted a Systemic Safety Implementation Peer Exchange on November 18 and 19, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. The peer exchange provided a forum for participants to discuss and exchange ideas on the application of systemic safety analysis, how their agencies are implementing a systemic safety program, and the systemic safety countermeasures being used.
Thirty eight attendees participated in the peer exchange with Federal, State, and local representatives from Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania in attendance. The peer exchange was formatted to provide a mix of presentations, facilitated roundtable discussions, and breakout sessions. This structure provided attendees with several opportunities to collect information from their peers to advance the implementation of systemic safety. Each State was encouraged to share their noteworthy practices and strategies as well as challenges and barriers experienced with the systemic approach to safety.
Each State delegation spent time developing Action Plans at the end of the peer exchange. A virtual peer exchange will be coordinated within the next year to follow up with attendees on their progress.
Attendees identified the following key takeaways from the peer exchange.
The FHWA Division Office is a resource and can assist State and local agencies with advancing a systemic safety program. FHWA staff can also attend meetings to help promote the benefits of the systemic approach to safety.