HSRC Researchers to Present at National Transportation Conference

Press Release - For immediate use

December 19, 2001

CHAPEL HILL — Six researchers from the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center will be among the presenters at the upcoming 81st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, D.C.

Nine researchers from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center authored papers that will be presented at the annual meeting. The meeting, which runs from January 13-17, is expected to attract more than 8,000 transportation professionals from around the world.

"Having so many of our researchers participating in this prestigious conference says a lot about the quality of the research being produced here," said Dr. H. Douglas Robertson, director of the Highway Safety Research Center. "Whether it be issues surrounding pedestrians, bicyclists, or drivers, we have a lot of safety experience and expertise to share with the rest of the world."

The TRB annual meeting covers all transportation modes. Researchers from the Highway Safety Research Center will be making presentations on a wide range of topics in several subject areas. Below is a complete list of sessions involving researchers from the Center.

Subject areas: Pedestrians/Bicyclists, Safety

Session Title: Pedestrian Crash Analysis Tools
(Wednesday; 2:30pm - 4:00pm; Hilton)
Effectivenss of pedestrian safety treatments for "hit-along-roadway" crashes
Chandler Duncan, BRW, Inc.
Asad J. Khattak, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ronald G. Hughes, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Session Title: Accessible Pedestrian Signals
(Monday; 7:30pm - 9:30pm; Hilton)
David L. Harkey, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, presiding

Subject Areas: Pedestrians/Bicyclists, Highway - Operations, Safety

Session Title: Evaluating Share-the-Road Initiatives
(Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm Hilton)
Sharing the Road: Evaluation of Innovative Engineering Treatments
William W. Hunter, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Evaluation of a Combined Bicycle Lane/Right-Turn Lane
William W. Hunter, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Subject Areas: Facilities, Equipment Design, and Performance

Session Title: Geometric Design and Safety Practices: Historical Perspective and Future Research Considerations
(Wednesday, 8:00am - 9:45am, Shoreham)
Bicyclist and Pedestrian Research Needs from an Engineering Perspective
Charles V. Zegeer, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Subject areas: Planning, Safety

Session Title: Survey Findings About Older Drivers, Their Regulation, and Their Transportation Needs
(Monday, 8:00am - 9:45am, Marriott)
Why Seniors Stop or Don't Stop Driving
Jane C. Stutts, HSRC, University of North Carolina

Subject Areas: Safety and Human Performance, Intelligent Transportation Systems

Session Title: Voice-Based Interactions and Driver Distraction
(Wednesday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, Hilton)
Everyday Driving: What Are the Distractions?
Jane C. Stutts, HSRC, University of North Carolina

Subject Areas: Safety and Human Performance

Session Title: Graduated Driver Licensing: Teens and Their Parents
(Wednesday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm; Shoreham)
Parent and Teen Behaviors During a 12-Month Mandatory Supervised Driving Period
Rob Foss, HSRC, University of North Carolina

Subject Areas: Safety

Session Title: Low Blood Alcohol Concentrations: Resolved and Unresolved Issues
(Monday, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Marriott)
This session will include a roundtable discussion of the scientific and policy issues on low blood alcohol concentrations addressed at the 2001 Summer Workshop of the Committee on Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Transportation.
Herbert Moskowitz, Southern California Research Institute
David F. Preusser, Preusser Research Group
Cliff J. Helander, California Department of Motor Vehicles
Robert D. Foss, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Gordon S Smith, Johns Hopkins University
James H. Hedlund, Highway Safety North
Susan A. Ferguson, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Session Title: Underage Drinking: What's the Magnitude of the Problem?
(Wednesday, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, Shoreham)
Drinking Among College Students: The Relationship Between Self-Reported Consumption and Measured BAC
Robert D. Foss, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Session Title: Highway Crash Analysis, Data Analysis, and Modeling (Poster)
Evaluation of Lane Reduction Road Diet Measures on Crashes and Injuries
Herman Huang, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
J. Richard Stewart, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Charles V. Zegeer, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Empirical Bayes Method for Estimating Safety: A Tutorial.
Ezra Hauer, University of Toronto, Canada
Douglas W. Harwood, Midwest Research Institute
Forrest M. Council, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Michael S. Griffith, Federal Highway Administration

Subject Areas: Highway - Operations, Safety

Session Title: Identifying Sites with Promise for Safety Improvements and Evaluation of Countermeasures
(Thursday, 10:15am - 12:00pm, Marriott)
Analysis of Serious Crashes and Potential Countermeasures on North Carolina Highways
Herman F. Huang, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Robert James Schneider, Sprinkle Consulting Inc.
Charles V. Zegeer, HSRC, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Asad J. Khattak, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
James Kevin Lacy, HSRC, University of North Carolina

For more information about the TRB's 81st Annual Meeting, go to http://onlinepubs.trb.org/Onlinepubs/trnews/trnews219.pdf.

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UNC Highway Safety Research Center contact: Shannon Walters, (919) 962-7803 or shannon_walters@unc.edu

Media Contacts

Caroline Dickson
919.962.5835
dickson@hsrc.unc.edu

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