Greg Winfree, USDOT Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Research and Technology, opened the Roadway Safety Showcase: Safety Innovations for Today and Tomorrow, a one-day event highlighting the latest work by researchers from the Roadway Safety Institute.
The fatality rate for motor vehicle crashes is higher for American Indians than for any other ethnic or racial group in the United States. An RSI research project is exploring the challenges of roadway safety on tribal lands.
Mounting evidence shows that certain traffic safety countermeasures, such as motorcycle helmet laws and automated speed enforcement, consistently save lives. Despite this, states have had varying levels of success in garnering the support needed from policymakers to implement these countermeasures.
RSI researcher Yanfeng Ouyang, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), conducts research on developing strategic and operational models and solutions for issues facing transportation systems.
Nichole Morris is a research associate in the RSI-affiliated HumanFIRST Laboratory, where she conducts research focusing on high-risk drivers, human factors related to roadway safety, and human-computer interactions with transportation-related technologies.
This summer, the Roadway Safety Institute participated in several youth day camps, including one with the White Earth Nation in northwestern Minnesota. The program focused on hands-on learning and used Indian culture and heritage as a vehicle for studying math, science, and engineering.
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