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At 3M we understand how important road safety is, and motorist have come to expect constant improvements in traffic safety.
Yet, government agencies across the U.S. are under increasing pressure to cut costs and do more with less. Following are some recommended (and in some cases mandated) programs for safety improvements, along with potential avenues to funding.
FHWA’s Proven Safety Countermeasures initiative (PSCi) is a collection of countermeasures and strategies found effective in reducing roadway fatalities and serious injuries on roads and highways. The broad list of PSCs help address a variety of crash types and focus areas like, roadway departure, intersection, pedestrian, and bicyclist crashes to help save lives and prevent serious injuries.
Rural roads are the most dangerous roads in America. NHTSA reports that—nationwide, for the years 2000 through 2007—rural traffic fatality rates were more than twice that of urban areas. Learn more about the issues and 3M solutions for high risk rural roads.
Deaths and injuries at highway-rail crossings are a major safety concern. Vehicle/train collisions are more severe than other highway crashes; a motorist is 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision with another motor vehicle. Highly visible signs and markings at crossings and approaches are among the recommended safety improvements.
State departments of transportation across the U.S. are looking for ways to improve guide sign visibility and save taxpayer dollars. Many are finding one solution that helps achieve both goals by upgrading to guide signs made with high performance reflective sheeting, while at the same time cutting maintenance and energy costs by turning off guide sign lighting.
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