Safety must be a fundamental objective of our national and regional transportation systems. However, statistics reveal that our region’s surface transportation systems, individually and collectively, face unsurpassed safety challenges. To achieve comprehensive transportation safety in our region, we must understand its sociology and safety cultures; gather and curate relevant data; integrate human factors with infrastructure use; implement and enrich the Highway Safety Manual and similar tools; and apply these to all operations related to moving people and goods.
In 2010, all eight states in Region 4 had fatality rates worse than the national average, and four of the eight states ranked in the top 10 nationally in the rate of overall fatalities per capita. One of our states had the worst bicycle fatality rate per capita in the country, and five of our Southeastern states ranked in the top 10 nationally for pedestrian fatality rates. Clearly, comprehensive transportation safety remains the most appropriate theme for our region, and in support of this theme we have developed and will implement a targeted, effective, and comprehensive work plan.
There are nine consortium members currently working with the Southeastern Transportation Center (STC) on a variety of important research projects (see list below). The University of Kentucky is involved with three of the Major Research Initiatives (MRIs) of the STC. Dr. Reginald Souleyrette from the University of Kentucky is the STC research director.
1. Corridor Emergency Vehicle Preemption
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