Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia Confernce Center
September 25, 2003
The South Carolina Department of Transportation
The Federal Highway Administration
The LPA Group, Inc.
Wilbur Smith and Associates, Inc.
Fisher Communications, Inc.
Injury is the leading cause of death in the US from about six months to 45 years of age, and because it so disproportionately strikes the young, it is also the leading cause of lost years of productive life. Motor vehicle injury is overwhelmingly the largest component of these losses.
Safety improvement requires progress toward reducing the crash experience of motor vehicle drivers and other more vulnerable road users. The US provides a model for what can be accomplished. Over the past 30 years, the record is nothing short of miraculous, yet we still experience more than 40,000 deaths annually, and close to three million suffer injuries. Over the past few years the number of motor vehicle related fatalities has remained essentially unchanged. The human and economic consequences of these crashes are unaffordable and unacceptable. In the absence of substantial progress, more than 400,000 people will die on the roadways over the next ten years at a cost of nearly two trillion dollars. The majority of motor vehicle crashes are predictable and preventable; the carnage is unnecessary.
The major focus and commitment in the US over at least the past two decades has been on vehicle crash worthiness and driver behavior. Yet, the effectiveness of those strategies appears to have plateaued in terms of reducing the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities. Although there have been gradual decreases in terms of fatality and injury rates, and despite dramatic increases in safety belt use and decreases in the proportion of alcohol-related fatal crashes, the raw number of deaths and injuries has changed little for almost a decade. US Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta has issued a "Call to Quarters." He set a national goal of reducing fatalities from the current rate (1.5 per million vehicle miles of travel [VMT]) to 1.0 by 2008.
In 1998, Congress passed the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century or TEA-21. For the first time, this legislation requires state departments of transportation (DOTs)and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to incorporate safety and security as priority factors in their respective transportation planning processes and activities. Prior to TEA-21, safety was sometimes a prominent factor in project development and design, but this legislation calls for safety consciousness in a more comprehensive, systemwide, multimodal context. It implies collaboration with the safety communities, transit operators, local jurisdictions and others.
To initiate discussion on the TEA-21 safety-planning factor, approximately 40 experienced professionals convened in Washington, DC in May 2000 to explore the independent planning processes and to identify data, tools, partners and other resources that are currently available or in need of development for implementing the safety requirement. They discovered there is a lack of dialogue, coordination and communication between safety and transportation planners and that safety integration is a nontraditional role for planning agencies. The participants concluded that while it may be unwise to merge the safety and planning processes because of the many different timeframes and funding criteria, it is highly advisable for all segments of the road safety community to work collaboratively by establishing common safety goals, sharing information and designing complementary programs. Furthermore safety integration should include a multidisciplinary focus, e.g. planning, education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical services, as well as multimodal components, such as rail, transit, commercial vehicle and non-motorized modes of travel. 
Each statewide and metropolitan planning process shall provide for consideration of projects and strategies that will increase the safety and security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users.
The Washington meeting identified several action steps for promoting safety conscious planning (TSP), and an ad hoc working group, the Transportation Safety Planning Working Group (SCPWG) was formed to provide guidance and track progress. One of the recommended initiatives was to encourage a series of forums bringing representatives of the various interests together to discuss strategies for sharing resources and working collaboratively. The Working Group intended for each forum to be tailored to the needs of the individual jurisdictions. This is accomplished through a pre-forum planning meeting with the forum's leaders.
A key factor in the successful implementation of safety conscious planning is defining it in such a way that makes sense to all organizations involved in transportation planning and safety. The SCPWG has struggled with defining the concept over time and each of the Forums has contributed essential components to the understanding.
Transportation Safety Planning is a comprehensive, systemwide, multi-modal, proactive process that better integrates safety into surface transportation decision making.
SCP requires a change in the planning culture and mandates new ways of thinking. While this may be uncomfortable for some people, it is necessary. In the future safety improvements will require strategies that prevent crashes from occurring. This planning requires "outside the box" thinking at its best. (See Appendix A for frequently asked questions and answers about SCP.)
The forums have generally resulted in proactive safety initiatives at some level. Kathy Hoffman, FHWA Office of Safety, provided a sample of accomplishments that have resulted from the SCP Forums and encouraged the participants to accomplish beyond their predecessors. She addressed successful achievement from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Iowa DOT and Michigan DOT. For example, following the MARC Forum, decisions were made to:
A planning meeting for the South Carolina forum took place on August 28, 2002 at the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). More than 25 transportation and safety partners attended the meeting. While many jurisdictions prefer a smaller group at the planning meeting, the South Carolina experience shows what can be accomplished by including all the partners from the beginning. The overwhelming support and turnout for the Forum surely began with the enthusiasm generated during the well organized and orchestrated planning meeting. The purpose was to articulate the objectives, outline an agenda, develop a participant list and address the logistical and process issues for conducting the event.
Many factors place South Carolina in a strategic position to define and implement safety conscious planning. The following represents only a partial list of the State's many accomplishments over the past few years.
The forum objectives developed by the planning group were as follows:
The SC Planning Meeting represented a broad cross section of the planning and safety communities. The participants mentioned representation from within their own agencies and associations and also suggested many other partners that might be considered for inclusion. The brainstorming results are presented below and provide a clue as to the eventual turnout of over 200 people at the Forum. (Appendix B lists the Forum participants.)
Planning staff from SCDOT, MPOs and COGs
Targeted MPO, COG and community leaders
SCDOT Traffic and Utilities Engineering and Safety Office
Budget Control Board (Office of Research and Statistics)
SCDOT District Engineers
Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Injury Prevention Division
DHEC Emergency Services Division
Emergency room and trauma personnel Coroners
Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol and Office of Highway Safety)
State Infrastructure Bank
Disabilities and Special Needs Board
Health and auto insurers
Safe communities coalition directors
Motorcycle Safety Foundation
Palmetto Cycling and Pedestrian Association
Palmetto Conservation Foundation
No single agency can solve the highway safety problems of the state; it will take all of us working together.
David Wilkins, Speaker
Key legislative committee staffs
Department of Education and school officials
Association of Counties
Municipal Association of South Carolina
Law Enforcement Officers Association
State Transport Police
FHWA, Division and Headquarters
Planning, design and construction consultants
The planning meeting also served the purpose of gaining commitments to accomplish the list of tasks proposed. Four teams -- logistics, data resources, goals and objectives and themes and messages - led the preparations for the Forum. Participants serving on the teams represented all the "E's" of safety, including engineering, emergency medical services, enforcement, education, economic incentives, as well as the private sector and safety advocacy groups.
The extensive work accomplished by the Chairs and the support teams was evident during the Forum. The handouts were attractive, complete, user-friendly and professional in appearance; all presenters were well prepared and supported by a pre-programmed computer system with their presentations, pre-scripted introductions, table tents and other accoutrements that professionalize a meeting; the support staff was amazing in their preparedness and ran the conference smoothly throughout the day. In summary, the audience of more than 200 was relieved of distractions and enabled to focus on the work at hand.
The South Carolina Forum began with a demonstration of the federal/state partnership that exists in the State. In addition to SCDOT, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at both the federal and the division levels, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), all modes within the US Department of Transportation, were represented on the dais.
Terecia Wilson, SCDOT Director of Safety, began the Forum by describing the status of safety in South Carolina.
"We are here because every day, on average, three people die in highway tragedies in South Carolina. Over 1,000 fatalities have been reported during each of the last five years - a first since crash records have been kept in South Carolina. During the last decade in South Carolina, 9,648 people have died in traffic crashes on the State's highways. Based on 2002 statistics, one out of every 3,900 South Carolinians will be killed in a crash. Traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for children ages 0 - 19 in South Carolina. During the last five years, more than 870 children in this age group have died. While, we are seeing some reductions, we have much work to do."
In addition to providing overall crash statistics, Wilson put a face on the issue to remind everyone that safety is more than a technical, financial and political issue - it is also a human issue.
"We are here today because of Angela Marie Sheffield, a pedestrian who was killed on US 321 in Lexington County on January 1, 2003; Dale Wilson, of Pineville, South Carolina, who died in a three-vehicle collision, when one vehicle crossed the center line and side-swiped another vehicle; Willie Edward Brown, Jr., of Lancaster, South Carolina, a motorcyclist killed in a collision with a truck; Patrick Wayne Torbush who lost control of his vehicle on a rural road in Horry County, ran off the road, and was killed; Scarlet Olivia Weathers of Bowman, South Carolina who was killed in a collision with an 18-wheeler; James McCurley of
Anderson, South Carolina who was killed in a 3-vehicle collision in Anderson County; and the list goes on. These are our neighbors, our friends, co-workers, family members whose lives ended tragically on one of South Carolina's highways."
South Carolina's traffic crash record is among the worst in the nation as demonstrated in Figure 1 and Table 1. The death rate, or the number of traffic deaths per 100 million vehicle miles of travel, is 48% higher than the national mileage death rate. South Carolina's rate is 2.2 versus the national rate of 1.51 and the death rate has been fairly stagnant over the last decade.
Figure 1: Mileage Death Rate: A Comparison
Figure 2: South Carolina Traffic Injuries (1993 - 2002)
In addition to the fatalities, a large number of South Carolinians are injured on the roadways. Figure 2 shows that more than 50,000 people are injured in preventable crashes every year, which adds up to 548,462 people, over a half a million, in the last decade.
Based on the current state population, one out of every 79 citizens was injured in a crash in 2002, or stated another way; someone was injured in a crash every 10.2 minutes. This is truly a public health epidemic. Comparing SC to the rest of the nation, it is obvious that the time is more than ripe for a renewed focus and commitment to improving the State's crash statistics.
|South Carolina||National Ranking|
|Mileage Death Rate||#3|
|DUI Fatality Rate||#1|
|Motorcycle Fatality Rate||#1|
|Bicycle Fatality Rate||#2|
|Pedestrian Fatality Rate||#4|
|Percentage of Fatalities Involving Speed||#6|
The federal government representatives from FHWA, FMCSA and NHTSA explained their agencies' roles, responsibilities and commitments to safety, which is the number one goal in the US DOT's strategic plan and reauthorization proposal. The individuals discussed reauthorization of the highway bill, which is expected to occur in 2004 since TEA-21 expired in September of 2003. The Administration's bill is expected to maintain and strengthen the requirement to address safety as a priority transportation planning factor. In addition, the proposal contains a provision that encourages all states and MPOs to create a comprehensive transportation safety plan. The proposed comprehensive safety plan has the following characteristics:
Strategic: Considers the results of existing State transportation and highway safety planning processes and other environmental considerations such as available resources, current levels of safety, public and political support, past successes and future opportunities.
Data driven: Focuses on data analysis to identify high incident locations and future sites with promise, prioritize and select programs and projects and evaluate results.
Comprehensive: Addresses engineering, education, enforcement and emergency services. The idea in SAFETEA is to not only begin a comprehensive planning and implementation process, but also to establish a sustainable system for ongoing effort.
Collaborative: Based on a collaborative process that includes the State Department of Transportation, the Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, persons responsible for administering section 130 of Title 23 (hazard elimination and rail grade crossings) and other state and local safety stakeholders, including Operation Lifesaver.
Integrated: Incorporates and assimilates the goals, objectives and alternative strategies of agencies and organizations with responsibility for the successful implementation of safety strategies.
Although it is not possible to know with certainty what the proposal will contain when it is passed or how it will be interpreted, transportation planners in SC might assume that the proactive approach associated with the Forum will place them a step forward in thinkig about safety in the planning processes.
Patrick Tyndall, SC FHWA Division Environmental Program Manager, discussed the transportation planning process in terms of long range and short term plans. He wondered out loud, "Where do roads come from?" and answered the question by denying that that there is a giant cage with a stork on top of the DOT building!
He also clearly portrayed the competing interests in planning for safety - congestion relief, capacity expansion, economic development, environmental protection and public involvement. He posed the question, "How do you choose one project over the other?" To this audience, safety may seem like a secure answer but he challenged the participants to acknowledge that capacity, economic vitality and environmental protection are also citizen priorities, and the public involvement process may dictate that priorities other than safety take precedence. Tyndall concluded his remarks with a charge to the audience building on a theme set earlier in the day, "Between now and 4:30 PM meet and dialogue with five people who don't do what you do." The entire SC Forum was built on this theme and many of the speakers reiterated the challenge. The idea was to create connections that would last beyond the Forum.
Transportation planning was discussed from a range of interests: rural and urban MPOs, emergency medical services, transit, motor carrier safety and highway safety. The presentations demonstrated a plethora of processes and activities in planning for safety. They also showcased the challenge of coordinating the activities associated with the planning function. For example, the speaker representing a rural MPO pointed out that while they have responsibility for not only the road planning function, they also must address motor freight, pedestrian, bicyclists, etc. However, most of their planning effort is devoted to the highway element. Also, while they are beginning to use crash data more, they still don't use it to inform the planning process but rather focus their safety efforts at the design stage.
On the other hand, as the transit spokesperson said, "South Carolina is on the cutting edge in transit and transit is on the cutting edge for improving safety." Although he acknowledged the challenge of marketing transit to the citizens of a rural, southern state, progress is being made to move a percentage of the traveling public off the highways and onto the transit system, which is the safest mode of travel in surface transportation.
Imagine the hurdles that must be overcome to focus the rural MPOs planning efforts on transit improvements! Virtually all of the speakers mentioned the competing priorities they face as well as the shortage of resources to accomplish their basic mandates.
The conference handouts included a folder containing a number of South Carolinian transportation and safety plans so the participants could follow up and learn in more detail how the various processes operate. The handout contained:
The final panel discussion focused on the data that supports safety planning. To address safety issues, decision makers and advocacy groups need accurate, timely information. South Carolina is fortunate to have access to a number of good data sources. The South Carolina Highway Safety and Transportation Planning Guide, while not an all inclusive data source, describes key data resources and databases that contain safety information useful to all transportation and safety planners. The data and data resources contained in the Guide are essential for developing, planning, monitoring and evaluating effective safety and transportation programs.
The Data Task Force accomplished outstanding work in collecting, analyzing and documenting the information in a handout. The agencies involved in the work included the State Departments of Transportation, Public Safety, Motor Vehicles, Health and Environmental Control, Budget and Control Board and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.
In the Guide, each data element is briefly described and, in many cases, the collection procedures are outlined. Information for the appropriate contact person who manages the data is also provided. The data systems and contact persons change frequently. The safety partners plan to put the Guide on the web so it can be updated as changes occur. In some cases, the information goes beyond to describe services provided by the agencies and how the data are used.
The data elements available to support safety planning are outlined in Table 2.
Table 2: South Carolina Safety and Planning Data
|Logmile: point and sectional physical roadway characteristic data|
|Traffic Counts: counts for every road that carries a functional classification higher than a local|
|Mileage Reports: centerline mileage totals by county and road system|
|SCDOT Maps: hurricane evacuation, statewide (wall and fold), county and city|
|Other Items: roadway additions to state highways, truck weight and pavement condition data|
|Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS): a census of all fatalities that occur on SC roadways|
|Safetynet: truck collision information|
|SC Collision and Ticket Tracking System: tracks collision and citation data|
|Traffic Collision Master File: contains records of reportable collisions|
|Customer Data: type (personal/commercial), name, address, social security number, date of birth, race, gender, height, weight, driver license number|
|Vehicle Data: make, model, year, vehicle identification number, tag number, title/registration/financial responsibility data|
|Driver Data: status/points, suspension, violation, accident and license data, driver photo and signature|
Emergency Medical Services
|Pre-Hospital Patient Care System: patient treatment descriptions|
|Trauma Registry: treatment and procedures associated with patients who meet the eligibility requirements of trauma centers|
|EMT and Provider System: eligibility/certification of technicians and equipment data|
Office of Research and Statistics
|Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES): linkage between medical and financial outcomes of motor vehicle collisions|
|Health Care Utilization: inpatient hospitalizations, emergency room visits, ambulatory surgeries, home health visits|
|Decennial Census and Population Estimates: Bureau of Census Data|
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
|School Age Surveys and Adult Surveys: self-reported drinking and driving behaviors|
|Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program Client Database: information on anyone convicted of DUI. |
William Bloom, SCOT Director of Planning and Research, provided an impressive summary of the data information by discussing the CRISOS program and showing how data were used to identify the problem and design solutions. The data are also used to evaluate the results. CRISOS stands for Crash Reduction by Improving Safety on Secondary Roads, a program to address the most dangerous secondary roads in the State. Bloom provided a primer on problem identification to show how the sites were identified.
We need your brainpower and insights this afternoon because, for the first time, we will work together to:
Ron Patton, Director
Planning and Environmental
During the afternoon sessions, SCDOT divided the participants into four discussion groups with a geographic and professional cross sections represented in each group to the extent possible. The objective was to focus discussion in the four areas that the planning committee believed important for making rapid safety improvements on South Carolina's streets and roadways. The objectives were as follows:
Each of the groups was supported by extensive preparation prior to the Forum to ensure that the recommended action steps were strategic and realistic. The groups were charged to brainstorm solutions and consider commitments they and their organizations could support.
The purpose of this group was to brainstorm ideas for safety messages, build a consensus and begin to think about methods for incorporating the message(s) into their agencies' existing public information programs.
The group's deliberations were informed by previous meetings of the subcommittee assigned this task. The subcommittee presented four suggestions for consideration:
The group's consensus was that the 2nd choice is too negative and the 3rd is too hip. The remaining alternatives were kept for further review. Other ideas generated by the brainstorming session are as follows:
Following a discussion, the members voted and produced the following results. 
Group 2 began with a discussion focused on the steps in a goal setting process.
The goals developed by a Forum Goals and Objectives Team prior to the meeting were used as a starting point for discussion.
GOAL #1: The consensus of Group 2 was that the fatality rate goal should be set at zero. Most were uncomfortable saying any number of deaths is acceptable. They agreed that intermediate goals could be established and reviewed annually but that the ultimate goal should be set and announced as zero.
GOAL #2: Adopted
GOAL #3: Adopted
GOAL #4: While the majority believe that setting a crash rate goal is desirable; they feel that this area needs more research and discussion. For example, the threshold for a reportable crash in South Carolina is $1,000.00; should the number of crashes be based on the reports or should all crashes be imputed from the data?
GOAL #5: Adopted
GOAL #6: Adopted 
GOAL #7 and #8: The group consensus is that these goals should not be restricted to the younger age groups but rather they should reflect all drivers.
The group finally recommends that a task force representing all the transportation and safety partners as well as public officials, be established to set additional goals and continually review progress. Specific examples suggested for continued review and goal setting are older drivers and motorcyclists.
Group 3 reviewed and discussed current safety programs within SCDOT which include hazard elimination, rail grade crossing and incident management. The discussion then turned to action planning with the following recommendations established to improve the current process:
The format for Group 4 was to address specific countermeasures suggested in the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan.  South Carolina is at the top of the scale in its fatality rate in part because of the vast rural areas. For one thing, the emergency vehicles are unable to respond as quickly in rural areas; however, driver behavior figures prominently as well. Forty percent of South Carolina's fatalities are alcohol related where in other states this rate is as low as 19%. Speed is associated with 30% of the US fatalities, but in SC that figure is 47%. SC has a lower safety belt use (66%) than the national average (79%) and 2/3 of the fatally injured persons are unbelted. In 48% of SC's fatalities the driver ran off the road and in 12.5% a head-on collision occurred.
Based on the statistics, Group 4 discussed four countermeasures designed to address the State's most serious problem areas. They focused on crashes related to driving impaired, speeding, running off the road and hitting other vehicles and fixed objects head-on. The group reviewed the AASHTO recommendations in each area and proceeded to develop recommendations for proposed action. In each category, the first and second recommendations reflect the groups' primary and secondary recommendations.
Aggressive Driving and Speeding
Terecia Wilson and Ron Patton discussed next steps and promised to identify methods for follow up to ensure that the suggestions and recommendations are considered and implemented if resources can be identified; committed to look for a continuing means of communication among the different entities represented at the forum; and graciously thanked the speakers and guests and demonstrated special appreciation for the audience.
In just the amount of time we've been here today, the nation has experienced 32 fatalities and 2086 injuries. Working together we can stop this carnage in South Carolina.
Terecia Wilson, Director
SCDOT Office of Safety
What is the vision? Transportation planners working collaboratively with surface transportation safety planners and practitioners, experts in data management and analysis and other groups to include safety as a key planning factor and performance measure in all transportation plans and programs
What is the goal? To prevent the human and economic consequences of surface transportation-related crashes
When does SCP happen? During the development of transportation plans at the statewide, metropolitan, regional, local and tribal levels
Who is responsible? Planners in all surface transportation modes at all levels, transit agencies, highway and motor carrier safety professionals, elected officials, developers and land use planners, political decision makers and the public
What do planners need? Crash data, partnerships with experts who use crash data to identify safety problems, research to improve and develop analysis tools, and public and political support for considering safety in planning on an equal par with congestion management, air quality and other priority issues
What is the result? A reduction in crashes, injuries and fatalities, congestion mitigation, environmental protection and major cost savings
What can I do?
What is the relationship between Transportation Safety Planning and a Comprehensive Safety Plan? SCP addresses the planning process and plays an integral role in the development of a comprehensive surface transportation safety plan.
|First Name||Last Name||Agency|
|Anna||Amos||SC Department of Public Safety - STP|
|Cat||Angus||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Janet||Arrington||Myrtle Beach Police Departmentemail@example.com|
|Joyce||Babin||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Geni||Bahar||iTRANS Consulting, Inc.||email@example.com|
|Frank||Ballentine||Cayce Department of Public Safety||Fballentine@sc.rr.com|
|Roland||Bart||SC Department of Transportation||Bartre@scdot.org|
|Sherry||Barton||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ems||Baskin||SC Department of Transportation||baskinep@SCDOT.org|
|John||Baxter||Federal Highway Administration|
|Catherine||Blackwell||Federal Highway Administrationemail@example.com|
|Stan||Bland, Jr.||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|William||Bloom||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|Jones||Bowen||Tri-Development Center of Aiken Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|John||Boylston||THE LPA GROUP INCORPORATEDemail@example.com|
|Jake||Brewbaker||SCDPS - Office of Highway Safetyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bruce||Brigman||Wilbur Smith and Associates, Inc.||email@example.com|
|Deborah||Brown||SC Department of Public Safetyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robert||Bryan||Florence Police Dept.||email@example.com|
|Cyril||Busbee, Jr.||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jennifer||Buster||SC Dept. of Disabilities & Special Needs||Jbuster@ddsn.state.sc.us|
|Darryl||Butler||Beaufort County Sheriff's Officeemail@example.com|
|James||Cagney||SC Department of Transportation||cagneyjb@SCDOT.org|
|Amy||Caldwell||SCDPS - Office of Highway Safetyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Natalie||Cappuccio||Palmetto Cycling Coalitionemail@example.com|
|Donna||Carter||MADD - SCfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lou-Ann||Carter||Department of Health and Environmental Controlemail@example.com|
|Jim||Catoe||SC DHEC EMS Divisionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Carl||Chase||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|Robert||Cogdell||Campobello Police Dept.|
|Erin||Coker||Clemson University Center for Safety Research & Edfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Todd||Cook||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|Anthony||Cousar||Sumter Police Departmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bob||Cox||American Medical Responseemail@example.com|
|John||Craddock||Colleton County Sheriff's Officefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rebecca||Creighton||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|Philip||Cromer||Municipal Association of SCfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Christopher||Cushman||Beaufort Police Departmentemail@example.com|
|Charles||Daniel||Benedict College/Project Impact||DanielC@benedict.edu|
|Barney||Derrick||SC Department of Public Safetyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Paul||DiMascio||Motorcycle Safety Foundation|
|Chetna||Dixon||Federal Highway Administrationemail@example.com|
|Rolf||Dolder||S.C. Department of Motor Vehiclesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robert||Dubnicka||The LPA Group Incorporatedemail@example.com|
|Allen||Easler||Saluda Behavioral Health Systemfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robbie||Ervin||FLATS, Florence Countyemail@example.com|
|Daniel||Fanning||TBE Group, Inc.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bryan||Fraley||Spartanburg County Sheriff's Officeemail@example.com|
|Brian||Fulmer||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kathy||Funderburk||O.B.C. Safe Kids Coalitionemail@example.com|
|Anne||Futch||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|John||Gaither||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|Fabian||Gawel||Colleton County Sheriff's Officefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|J.J.||Gentry||SC House of Representatives||JJG@scstatehouse.net|
|Michael||George||SC Department of Public Safetyemail@example.com|
|Yvonne||Gilreath||BCD Council of Governmentsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Amelia||Glisson||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|Douglas||Graczyk||Wilbur Smith and Associates, Inc.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|J.A.||Graves||Cheraw Police Department|
|Joel||Griffith||Cayce Department of Public Safetyemail@example.com|
|Victor||Grimes||SCDHEC - Div of EMSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Eddie||Gunn||Office of the Governor|
|Michael||Hall||Darlington County Sheriff's Officeemail@example.com|
|Reggie||Hall||SC Farm Bureau Federation|
|Frederick||Hamer||Batesburg-Leesville Police Departmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ed||Harmon||SC Department of Public Safetyemail@example.com|
|Kathy||Harper||Children's Advocacy/Greenville SAFE KIDSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Brett||Harrelson||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|Tina||Hembree||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Susan||Herbel||Transportation Safety Solutions||Susan.email@example.com|
|Andy||Heyes||St. Matthews Police Dept.|
|William||Hildebrand||Orangeburg County Sheriff's Officefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pete||Hipps||Santee-Lynches Regional COGemail@example.com|
|Kathy||Hoffman||Federal Highway Administrationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|David||Holeman||Chesnee Police Dept|
|Connie||Hoover||SC Department of Public Safetyemail@example.com|
|Gloria||Howell||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Craig||Hutchinson||Horry County Police Dept.|
|Melanie||Jackson||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|Diane||Janicki||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Richard||Jenkins||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|David||Jirousek||Lowcounty Council of Governmentsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Susan||Johnson||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|Tom||Johnson||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|John||Jones||Greenville City Policeemail@example.com|
|Bill||Jordan||SCDOT Office of Planningfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dale||Kittles||Greenville County Sheriff's Office|
|Gray||Koonce||SC Department of Public Safetyemail@example.com|
|Bob||Kudelka||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Yon||Lambert||Palmetto Conservation Foundationemail@example.com|
|Bob||Lee||FHWA - SC Division Office|
|David||Lee||SC Department of Transportationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ed||Leibfarth||National Safety Council - SC Chapteremail@example.com|
|James||Lewis||Wilbur Smith and Associates, Inc.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Timothy||Lindberg||SC Department of Transportationemail@example.com|
|Joyce||Lipscomb||Spartanburg Public Safety Dept.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joe||Lipshetz||Union County EMSemail@example.com|
|Terri||Long||Greenville County Safe Communitiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joel||Lourie||SC House of Representativesemail@example.com|
|Joe||Loveless||Sumter Police Deptfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wilma||Magyar||Wilbur Smith and Associates, Inc.||email@example.com|
|Allen||Mance||SC Dept of Disabilities & Special Needsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|John||Marler||Greenville County Sheriff's Office|
|Neal||Martin||SC Dept. of Health & Environmental Controlemail@example.com|
|Kinzie||Masingill||Midlands Safe Kidsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maurice||Masliah||iTrans Consulting, Inc.|
|Haila||Maze||BCD Council of Governmentsemail@example.com|
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SOUTH CAROLINA SAFETY CONSCIOUS PLANNING FORUM
Columbia Conference Center
Columbia, South Carolina
September 25 2003 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. Registration Opens
9:30 a.m. Opening Session Transportation Safety Planning: Partnerships for Success
Terecia Wilson Director of Safety, SC Dept. of Transportation
Robert L. Lee SC Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
Curtis Thomas SC Division Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Erick Moran Regional Representative, National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationWhat is Transportation Safety Planning?
Kathy Hoffman Transportation Specialist Federal Highway AdministrationWhat Format will be Followed Today?
Ron Patton Director of Planning & Environmental, SCDOTPanel Discussion: Overview of the Current Planning Process
Moderator Ron Patton, Director of Planning & Environmental, SCDOT
Planning Office SCDOT
Patrick Tyndall Environmental Program Manager, FHWA, SC Division Office
Daniel Wagner Community & Regional Planner, Appalachian Council of
Tom Johnson Program Coordinator, Mass Transit Division, SCDOT
Alonzo Smith Director, EMS Division, SC Department of Health and
Sgt. Don Rhodes Motor Carrier Safety Administration Program
Coordinator, SC State Transport Police, SC Department of Public Safety
Phil Riley Associate Administrator, Office of Highway Safety,
SC Department of Public Safety
*********MORNING BREAK*********Panel Discussion: Data and Planning Tools
Moderator Terecia Wilson, Director of Safety, SCDOT
William Beck Chief, Road Data Services, Traffic Engineering, SCDOT
Tami Upchurch Manager, Planning & Research, Office of Highway Safety, SC Department of Public Safety
Victor Grimes Program Information Coordinator, EMS Division, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Rolf Dolder Manager, Applications Development, SC Department of Motor Vehicles
Elaine D. Melvin SC Department of Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Services
Mary Tyrell Office of Research and Statistics, Budget and Control Board
William Bloom Director of Research & Statistics, SCDOT
********LUNCH********Luncheon Special Presentation: "Why Do We Need Transportation Safety Planning?"
Introduction David Morris, Safety Engineer, SC Division Office, FHWA
Special Guest John Baxter, Director, Office of Highway Safety Design, FHWA
Instructions for Afternoon Sessions David Morris, FHWA1:45 p.m. Afternoon Discussion Groups
Group One:Adopting Safety Messages/Themes/Communications
Moderators Dan Fanning, Vice President, TBE Group, Inc.
Reggie Hall, Communications Director, SC Farm Bureau Federation
Kevin Fisher, Fisher Communications, Inc.
Recorder Anne Futch, IT Manager I, SCDOT
Group Two: Setting Safety Goals and Objectives
Moderator Susan Herbel, President, Transportation Safety Solutions Consultant for National Working Group on Transportation Safety Planning
Recorder Catherine Angus, Alcohol and Drug Program Manager, SCDOT
Group Three: Integrating Safety into the Planning Process
Moderator Ron Patton, Director of Planning & Environmental, SCDOT
Recorder Melissa Poole, Administrative Assistant, District 7, SCDOT
Group Four: Promising Countermeasures and Solutions
Moderator Tony Kane, Director of Engineering and Technical Services, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Recorder Susan Johnson, Special Assistant, Division of Strategic Planning, Finance, & Administration, SCDOT
********Afternoon Break********3:15 p.m. Group Reports Facilitator Susan Herbel
Recorder Catherine Angus4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Ron Patton, SCDOT Director of Planning and Environmental
Terecia Wilson, SCDOT Director of Safety4:30 p.m. Adjournment
SCDOT and its partners in the Federal Highway Administration wish to thank the following companies for their sponsorship of the South Carolina Transportation Safety Planning Forum:
THE LPA GROUP, INC.
Wilbur Smith and Associates, Inc.
Fisher Communications, Inc.
********South Carolina Transportation Safety Planning Forum********
Aiken Safe Communities
Clemson Cruisers Program
Data Panel Group
Palmetto Conservation League
THE LPA GROUP, INC.
SCDOT Safety Office
SCDOT Work Zone Safety Program
Wilbur Smith and Associates, Inc.
Numerous groups and individuals have been involved in planning for the South Carolina Transportation Safety Planning Forum. On behalf of SCDOT and our partners in the SC Division Office of the Federal Highway Administration and the Washington Office of the Federal Highway Administration, we extend our special thanks and appreciation for their commitment of time and resources to the following:
Marie Bracanovich, SCDOT
Bonnie Cramer, SCDOT
Anne Futch, SCDOT
Amelia Glisson, SCDOT
Susan Herbel, Consultant
Daniel Hinton, FHWA
Kathy Hoffman, FHWA
Mark Hooper, SCDOT
Gloria Howell, SCDOT
Melanie Jackson, SCDOT
Ron Patton, SCDOT
Emily Reese, SCDOT
Debbie Robinson, SCDOT
Colette Murray Swann, SCDOT
Rob Thompson, SCDOT
Myers Truluck, SCDOT
Patrick Tyndall, FHWA
Robert Webb, SCDOT
Debbie Williams, SCDOT
Terecia Wilson, SCDOT
William BLoom, SCDOT
Amelia Glisson, SCDOT
Ed Harmon, SCDPS
Stuart Litman, SCDPS
Ron Patton, SCDOT
Sgt. Don Rhodes, SCDPS
Phil Riley, SCDPS
Terecia Wilson, SCDOT
Safety Messages and Themes
Dan Fanning, TBE, Inc.
Kevin Fisher, Fisher Communications, Inc.
Reggie Hall, Farm Bureau
Ed Harmon, SCDPS
Luanne, Pace, SCDOT
Pete Poore, SCDOT
Colette Murray Swann, SCDOT
Lynn White, Aiken EMS
Terecia Wilson, SCDOT
William Beck, SCDOT
William Bloom, SCDOT
Jimmy Earley, SC DMV
Victor Grimes, SC DHEC
Stuart Litman, SCDPS
Elaine Dowdy Melvin, SC DAODAS
Myers Truluck, SCDOT
Mary Tyrell, SC Budget & Control Board
Tami Upchurch, SCDPS
Terecia Wilson, SCDOT
 Authority under TEA-21 officially ended on September 30, 2003, which means that the highway bill must be reauthorized for the next several years. The Administration's reauthorization proposal includes a provision that encourages all states and MPOs to create a comprehensive safety plan. The characteristics of the planning process outlined above are generally compatible with the proposed legislation although the multimodal component is not specified. The reauthorization is sponsored and supported by a large number of transportation and safety organizations and associations, which increases the likelihood of its passage.
 The Office of Research and Statistics, a Division of the Budget and Control Board, also provides services to other agencies including geo-coding and data linkage.
 The number of votes each theme received is recorded in parentheses.
 This is not a new theme in South Carolina. The advantage to using this umbrella theme is that it already enjoys name identity and recognition; however, it needs to be "freshened up" by perhaps incorporating some of the other ideas and broadened to reach younger groups and children in appropriate ways.
 The members tried unsuccessfully to revise the wording of this goal to distinguish lobbyists from state employees. The final vote is to leave the goal as it is currently stated.
 To support implementation of the Plan AASHTO, in cooperation with NCHRP, has developed an assessment tool, a suite of safety management tools referred to as the Integrated Safety Management Process and 22 guidebooks for implementing specific countermeasures.
 The discussion noted that cable barriers prohibit crossovers on the Interstates, making enforcement more difficult and in many cases impossible.
 It was noted that this probably will not provide a physical deterrent but it may alert drivers and focus attention.
 Some of the solutions may actually create safety problems, e.g. slippery paint on reflectors may cause motorcyclists to slip, skid and/or crash.