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New Safety Resources for Rural Transportation (March 2021)

Date:
March 03, 2021
Topics:
News, News Homepage, Safety

WEBINAR on the Safe System Approach
March 10, 2021 from 1pm to 2:30pm EST/10am to 11:30am PST

The Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety invites you to a webinar presentation on the Safe System Approach (SSA). This webinar will provide an overview of SSA with background, principles, key elements, and examples; using a presentation that FHWA intends for our partners to use in spreading awareness of SSA. This webinar will also provide a walk-through for how to use the presentation.

Please use the link below to register for the webinar:
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/expfp43hp86q/event/event_info.html


Bloomberg Philanthropies is launching its Asphalt Art Initiative Round 2. The Asphalt Art Initiative grant program is designed to fund visual art interventions on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure in U.S. cities with the goal of:

  • Improving street and pedestrian safety
  • Revitalizing and activating underutilized public space
  • Promoting collaboration and civic engagement in local communities.

Round 2 of the Asphalt Art Initiative was announced on March 2, 2021. The application deadline is April 30, 2021. The program will award up to 20 U.S. cities grants of up to $25,000 each. Grants will be announced by fall 2021 for projects installing during calendar year 2022.


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Transportation Research Board has published a new report on Using Electronic Devices While Driving: Legislation and Enforcement Implications. The report presents the results of an examination of the current state and provincial legislation on electronic device use while driving; evaluates the benefits and impediments associated with enacting, enforcing, and adjudicating electronic device use; and proposes model legislation and educational materials that can be used by relevant stakeholders to enact a law and educate key individuals on the importance of the law.


A new article from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) explains how new crash tests show that even modest speed increases can have deadly consequences. The safety organizations conducted crashes at three different impact speeds (40, 50 and 56 mph). They found the slightly higher speeds were enough to increase the driver’s risk of severe injury or death. In the Foundation’s first study, traffic engineers were asked how posted speed limits are set and what factors they consider in changing them.


The Chief Engineer for Transportation Safety at MITRE, Chris Hill, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin in an interview on the details of a program called the Partnership for Analytics Research in Traffic Safety, or PARTS. The program is a longstanding partnership among the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the MITRE Corporation and several car makers. Listen to or read the transcript of the interview here.


Indian Highway Safety Occupant Protection Grant

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Justice Services (OJS), Indian Highway Safety Program (IHSP) solicits proposals for implementing traffic safety programs and projects which are designated to reduce the number of traffic crashes, deaths, injuries and property damage within these populations. Indian Highway Safety Grants are reimbursable grants available to federally recognized tribes.

Current Closing Date for Applications: May 03, 2021.