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Challenge: Advancing Safety

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    Advancing Safety

    Safety is the U.S. Department of Transportation's top priority and is guided by the vision of advancing toward zero deaths and serious injuries

Safety is the U.S. Department of Transportation's top priority and is guided by the vision of advancing toward zero deaths and serious injuries.

The Research and Technology Agenda supports the U.S. Department of Transportation's commitment to safety by applying a focused, collaborative, and strategic approach to conducting research and deploying innovations. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) fosters a culture guided by the integrated 4E principles of engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services. FHWA is advancing the use of scientific methods and data-driven decisionmaking to reduce traffic crashes, fatalities, and injuries.

FHWA safety research and technology advancements are making a difference by promoting safer roadway design, by crafting advanced analyses that clearly expose behavioral and roadway feature crash risk, and by developing technologies that augment the driver's capabilities to avoid crashes. FHWA safety research is aligned with the Department of Transportation's vision of advancing towards zero deaths and serious injuries.

Showcase Activities

The Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (Safety) is a data analysis tool that helps transportation professionals anticipate safety issues and make better decisions earlier in the life of a project.

The Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program (Operations) helps keep road users and workers safe around work zones.

The Haxton Way Pedestrian Path (Federal Lands Highway) in Washington State separates pedestrians and cyclists from high-speed roads.