FHWA is helping to put the brakes on fatalities with proven safety countermeasures
By Deputy Federal Highway
Administrator Brandye Hendrickson
the Federal Highway Administration, a priority is for Kansans to have safe
roads. Together with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and others,
we are committed to eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on the nation’s
roadways. This is no small feat, especially when you consider that more than
37,000 lives are lost on U.S. roads each year.
FHWA, we believe these deaths are not only unacceptable. They are preventable.
way FHWA is working to get us to zero deaths is by assisting states and
localities to employ proven safety countermeasures. After years of testing and
research, we now have 20 countermeasures/strategies that can be used to address
issues related to roadway departure, intersection and pedestrian and bicycle
crashes, including local road safety plans and rumble strips that can be used
in Kansas and other parts of the country.
all have a role to play in making sure our friends, neighbors and loved ones
get to their destination safely in Kansas and elsewhere, which is why FHWA
works closely with KDOT and others. We also coordinate with our counterparts at
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration to develop and
implement effective safety programs.
we also need the help of the traveling public. The safest highway in the world
is of little use when drivers are drinking and then getting behind the wheel or
texting while driving. The same applies to pedestrians who are distracted while
walking, or bicyclists who ignore the rules of the road.
safety countermeasures used by KDOT and other state DOTs can and will continue
to make a difference in the years ahead and we’re committed to making them a
staple of safety programs across the country. With these techniques, and the
help of conscientious drivers, we can put the brakes on fatalities.