GIS for Transportation: Principles, Data and Applications

7.6 Summary of Lesson 7


In this lesson, you learned about traffic safety and the efforts of state DOTs to make our highways safer. You also took a close look at federally reported crash data (i.e., FARS) in addition to an example of crash data which is collected at the state level.

Our transportation organization of the week was NHTSA, an administration with USDOT focused on reducing fatalities and serious injuries on America’s roadways. You had the opportunity to explore some of their specific activities and programs.

In our weekly webinar, you had the chance to interact with Mr. Jeff Roecker and hear about some of the tools and approaches PennDOT uses to improve highway safety.

In preparation for next week’s webinar, you learned a little about HPMS and about the types of traffic data states need to collect in addition to the methods and tools they use to collect it.

Finally, you had the opportunity to get to know one of your classmates a little better and share some of your ideas and questions about this week’s lesson materials.

Questions and Comments

If there is anything in the Lesson 7 materials about which you would like to ask a question or provide a comment, submit a posting to the Lesson 7 Questions and Comments discussion in Canvas. Also, review others’ postings to this discussion and respond if you have something to offer or if you are able to help.