Roadway Safety Awards Honor Safety Innovative
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in November recognized 14 local programs and one national program from 10 states across the country for their efforts to reduce fatalities and injuries on the nation's highways.
"The roster of award winners represents the most dynamic and creative highway safety programs, and sets a standard for others to follow," said Greg Cohen, executive director of the Roadway Safety Foundation. "These projects help prevent traffic crashes and fatalities, and assist in fighting the national epidemic of more than 37,000 road deaths and 2.5 million injuries that occur on our nation's roadways every year."
Roadway Safety Award recipients were evaluated on three criteria -- innovation, effectiveness, and efficient use of resources. Program categories included infrastructure improvements, operational improvements and program planning, development and evaluation. The award recipients were selected from more than 100 entries received.
"This award ceremony is a good opportunity to shine a light on the nation's most innovative road safety projects and programs that eliminate or sharply reduce highway deaths across the United States," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We can never stop looking for new and creative ways to make driving and traveling safer."
This year's honorees include:
Operational Improvements Category:
- Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) (Nationwide): The TACT program of The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is an education and enforcement program to reduce unsafe driving practices involving cars and large trucks.
- Senior Zones (FL) Hillsborough County: Florida's "Senior Zones" campaign worked with assisted-living facilities on major roads and with high traffic volumes to incorporate reduced speed zones with solar-powered warning flashers, thermo-plastic speed markings, driveway access signs, and look-down cameras to detect the presence of pedestrians.
- Operation Teen Safe Driving (IL): Illinois' peer-to-peer teen driving program challenged teens to develop a school-wide program that would have a positive impact on teen drivers. The program, which was conducted completely by teens, was met with huge success, with a 40 percent reduction in teen driving deaths from 2007-2008.