Technical Liaison Committee
Road Safety Program and Data Needs Self Assessment – Informational Report
Co-Chair: Russell Brownlee
Co-Chair: Pedram Izadpanah
The purpose of this project is to provide a means for road authorities to better understand the component of a road safety program, and to measure their data collection practices and safety programs against Canadian industry best practice and other similar agencies.
Part of the end product will be a description of the various components of a comprehensive road safety program including:
- data and systems,
- network screening,
- in-service safety reviews and audits,
- actions plans, strategic safety programs, and
- applied research and training.
These program components will be coupled to best practices by municipality/agency size and resources. Then municipalities can assess their current programs and strategies against peer municipalities.
A whole new body of road safety knowledge will be available with the imminent release of the Highway Safety Manual and other applications such as Safety analyst in early 2010. It’s important for road authorities and agencies to understand the key components of road safety, processes and tools available to assist them. At the moment, many municipalities have a limited understanding of road safety and which agency is responsible (Federal, Provincial, Regional or safety stakeholder groups - CAA, MADD etc).
This project will assist road authorities and agencies in evaluating themselves against other similar agencies (by population, lane kilometres or other measures) and identify best practices in road safety.
The project technical committee developed a survey of Canadian jurisdictions which included questions on:
- Jurisdiction statistics (population, area, etc.),
- Dedicated safety staff,
- Staff training,
- Safety guidance/policy documents,
- Network screening and data acquisition,
- In-service road safety reviews and audits,
- Application of CMFs,
- Before and after studies, and
- Safety educational and enforcement programs.
The survey was distributed amongst jurisdictions in most provinces. The project technical committee received 52 individual responses after quality control of the data. The populations of these jurisdictions range from 1090 to 2.7 million people. The project draft report is expected by the end of December 2011.