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Executive Summary
Chapter One - Introduction
Chapter Two - Key Findings
Chapter Three - Common Safety Program Themes
Chapter Four - Recommendations and Implementation Strategy
Appendix A - European Contacts
Appendix B - Team Members
Appendix C - Amplifying Questions

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Technical Report Documentation
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FHWA International Technology Exchange Reports


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The metric units reported are those used in common practice by the persons interviewed. They have not been converted to pure SI units because in some cases, the level of precision implied would have been changed.

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Technical Report Documentation:

1. Report No.
2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle
Managing and Organizing Comprehensive Highway Safety in Europe
5. Report Date
April 2003
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)
Dwight Bower, John Baxter, Mike Crow, Troy Costales, Michael Griffith, Michael Halladay, Douglas Harwood, Keith Knapp, George "Ed" Rice, Jr., Douglas Van Buren, Eugene Wilson
8. Performing Organization Report No. 9. Performing Organization Name and Address
American Trade Initiatives
P.O. Box 8228
Alexandria, VA 22306-8228
10. Work Unit No.(TRAIS) 11. Contract or Grant No.
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Office of International Programs
Office of Policy
Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
13. Type of Report and Period Covered 14. Sponsoring Agency Code 15. Supplementary Notes
FHWA COTR: Hana Maier, Office of International Programs

16. Abstract

Effective development and implementation of a roadway strategic safety plan typically require the coordination of avariety of safety elements, funding sources, and people. The Federal Highway Administration, American Association ofState Highway and Transportation Officials, and National Cooperative Highway Research Program sponsored a scanningstudy of Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom to investigate management and organization ofcomprehensive highway safety programs.The U.S. delegation observed that the countries view highway safety as a public health or quality of life issue and basesafety decisions on a common philosophy. The countries take a proactive approach to highway safety that includes a fullyintegrated and nationally accepted plan with measurable fatality and injury reduction targets.The scanning team's recommendations for U.S. application include developing a national safety plan with achievablesafety improvement targets, creating a safety performance incentive program, and implementing a demonstration projectinvolving corridor or area-wide safety improvements.

17. Key Words
Roadway safety, sustainable safety, speed management,automated enforcement, road safety audits, self-explaining roadway, fatality reduction, black spot

18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions. This document is available to the public from the
Office of International Programs
FHWA-HPIP, Room 3325
US Dept. of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590

19. Security Classif. (of this report)
20. Security Classif. (of this page)
22. PriceFree

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)

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Managing and Organizing Comprehensive Highway Safety in Europe
Prepared by the Scanning Team:

Dwight Bower
Idaho DOT
Michael Griffith
George "Ed" Rice, Jr.
Florida DOT
John Baxter
Michael Halladay
Douglas Van Buren
Wisconsin DOT
Mike Crow
Kansas DOT
Douglas Harwood
Midwest Research Institute
Eugene Wilson
University of Wyoming
Troy Costales
Oregon DOT
Keith Knapp
University of Wisconsin

American Trade Initiatives, Inc.
LGB & Associates, Inc.
for the
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
U.S. Department of Transportation
The American Association of State Highway and
Transportation Officials
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program
(Panel 20-36)
of the Transportation Research Board

APRIL 2003

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The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) international programs focus on meeting the growing demands of its partners at the Federal, State, and local levels for access to information on state-of-the-art technology and the best practices used worldwide. While FHWA is considered a world leader in highway transportation, the domestic highway community is interested in the advanced technologies being developed by other countries, as well as innovative organizational and financing techniques used by FHWA's international counterparts.

The International Technology Scanning Program accesses and evaluates foreign technologies and innovations that could significantly benefit U.S. highway transportation systems. Access to foreign innovations is strengthened by U.S. participation in the technical committees of international highway organizations and through bilateral technical exchange agreements with selected nations. The program is undertaken cooperatively with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and its Select Committee on International Activities, and the Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (Panel 20-36), the private sector, and academia.

FHWA and its partners jointly determine priority topic areas. Teams of specialists in the specific areas of expertise being investigated are formed and sent to countries where significant advances and innovations have been made in technology, management practices, organizational structure, program delivery, and financing. Teams usually include Federal and State highway officials, private sector and industry association representatives, and members of the academic community.

FHWA has organized more than 50 of these reviews and disseminated results nationwide. Topics have included pavements, bridge construction and maintenance, contracting, intermodal transport, organizational management, winter road maintenance, safety, intelligent transportation systems, planning, and policy. Findings are recommended for follow-up with further research and pilot or demonstration projects to verify adaptability to the United States. Information about the scan findings and results of pilot programs are then disseminated nationally to State and local highway transportation officials and the private sector for implementation.

This program has resulted in significant improvements and savings in road program technologies and practices throughout the United States, particularly in the areas of structures, pavements, safety, and winter road maintenance. Joint research and technology-sharing projects have also been launched with international counterparts, further conserving resources and advancing the state of the art.

For a complete list of International Technology Scanning topics, and to order free copies of the reports, please see below.

Website: www.international.fhwa.dot.gov
Email: international@fhwa.dot.gov

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International Technology Scanning Program: Bringing Global Innovations to U.S. Highways

Geotechnical Engineering Practices in Canada and Europe
Geotechnology-Soil Nailing
International Contract Administration Techniques for Quality Enhancement-CATQEST
Contract Administration: Technology and Practice in Europe

European Asphalt Technology
European Concrete Technology
South African Pavement Technology
Highway/Commercial Vehicle Interaction
Recycled Materials in European Highway Environments
Pavement Preservation Technology in France, South Africa, and Australia

European Bridge Structures
Asian Bridge Structures
Bridge Maintenance Coatings
European Practices for Bridge Scour and Stream Instability Countermeasures Advanced Composites in Bridges in Europe and Japan Steel Bridge Fabrication Technologies in Europe and Japan Performance of Concrete Segmental and Cable-Stayed Bridges in Europe

Planning and Environment
European Intermodal Programs: Planning, Policy, and Technology National Travel Surveys
Recycled Materials in European Highway Environments Geometric Design Practices for European Roads Sustainable Transportation Practices in Europe
Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Across European Highways
European Right-of-Way and Utilities Best Practices

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety in England, Germany and the Netherlands
Speed Management and Enforcement Technology: Europe & Australia Safety
Management Practices in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand Road Safety Audits-Final Report
Road Safety Audits-Case Studies
Innovative Traffic Control Technology & Practice in Europe
Commercial Vehicle Safety Technology & Practice in Europe
Methods and Procedures to Reduce Motorist Delays in European Work Zones
Managing and Organizing Comprehensive Highway Safety in Europe

Advanced Transportation Technology
European Traffic Monitoring
Traffic Management and Traveler Information Systems
European Winter Service Technology
Snowbreak Forest Book - Highway Snowstorm Countermeasure Manual (Translated from Japanese)
European Road Lighting Technologies
Freight Transportation: The European Market
Traveler Information Systems in Europe

Policy & Information
Emerging Models for Delivering Transportation Programs and Services
Acquiring Highway Transportation Information from Abroad-Handbook
Acquiring Highway Transportation Information from Abroad-Final Report
International Guide to Highway Transportation Information European
Practices in Transportation Workforce Development

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