HSRC 40th Anniversary
The Honorable Dan K. Moore, former governor of North Carolina, recommended the establishment of a highway safety research center in a special message on traffic safety on Wednesday, April 14, 1965. Later the following year in 1966, the Center officially began operations.
Friday, October 6th, 2006
William & Ida Friday Center
To honor the past forty years and celebrate the future of highway safety, HSRC will host a symposium on Friday, October 6th, 2006. This symposium is being conducted as part of our 40th anniversary celebration and will focus on the multidisciplinary past and future of highway safety research. The event will feature three speakers. The first speaker will review highway safety in a historical context. The other speakers will provide insights into the future of highway safety research in the social/behavioral science and engineering domains.
The call to action drafted by Governor Moore identified the need to close the gap between knowledge created by research findings and its use in saving lives on North Carolina's streets and highways. Since then, the Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) at UNC has conducted interdisciplinary research aimed at reducing deaths, injuries, and related societal costs of roadway crashes. In accordance with NC state law, HSRC strives to translate its research knowledge into practical interventions and programs that can be applied at local, state, national, and international levels.
HSRC's team of established researchers and dedicated staff has helped shape the field of transportation safety since 1965. Center researchers are continually investigating issues that may affect future legislation and policies, including: driver distraction, Graduated Driver Licensing, the role of alcohol in crashes, older driving issues, occupant restraint use, roadway design and pedestrian and bicycle safety.