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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Speed Management: A Manual for Local Rural Road Owners

November 2012

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1. Report No. FHWA


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Speed Management: A Manual for Local Rural Road Owners

5. Report Date

November 2012

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Authors

Jeffrey Bagdade, Dan Nabors, Hugh McGee, Richard Miller Richard Retting

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)
8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 700
Vienna, VA 22182

10. Work Unit No.

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-10-D-00022, T-10-002

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Safety
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered


14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes:

Task Manager for this document was Rosemarie Anderson, FHWA Office of Safety. The Technical Oversight Working Group included: Carla Anderson (Kansas DOT), Alberto Figueroa (University of Puerto Rico), Linda Guin (FHWA), Hillary Isebrands (FHWA), Tracie Leix (Michigan DOT), Albert Letzkus (Pima County, AZ), Kevin McCarthy (City of Farmington Hills, MI), Reza Moghissi (Sacramen-to County, CA), Kevin Murphy (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission), Wil Price (NHTSA), Stephen Ratke (FHWA), Keith Williams (FHWA), and Guan Xu (FHWA). Images were provided by Dan Nabors, Elissa Goughnour, Ted Graef, Richard Drdul, Lee Rodegerdts, Simon St.Laurent, and Opus International Consultants.

16. Abstract

In 2010, 35 percent of the 30,196 fatal crashes on U.S. roadways occurred on local rural roads, with nearly one-third (3,427) of these involving speeding. This document is intended to provide local road practitioners with information on how to address speeding-related crashes through the implementation of a comprehensive Speed Management Program. An effective program addresses all factors that influence speeding through engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency services—known as the four E’s of safety.

17. Key Words

Speed, Speeding, Speed Management, Local, Rural, Speed Study, Low Cost Safety Countermeasures

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages:


22. Price

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