3033.0: Monday, November 13, 2000 - Board 6

Abstract #5825

Surviving Loudon Road: Using CODES linked data to plan a safer roadway in Concord, NH

Thomas A. Hettinger, MS and Martin H. Singer, MPS. Division of Emergency Medical Services, NH Department of Safety, 10 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03305-0003, 603-271-4568, hetcon@mediaone.net


Thomas A. Hettinger, MS Martin H. Singer, MPS

This is the second of a two-part study of motor vehicle crashes on Loudon Road in Concord, New Hampshire. The first part was presented at the 24th International Traffic Records Forum in Minneapolis (1998). This is an example of how Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) data have been used to study and improve a specific high-risk section of roadway, in cooperation with a local traffic safety coalition and proposed Safe Communities project. This "before-and-after" study will compare motor vehicle crash data and linked medical data for Loudon Road in Concord, NH from 1995 and 1996 (before major renovations) to data from 1997 and 1998 (after completion of major modifications). The CODES data will be used in developing a plan to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, as well as to provide safe ways for pedestrians to coexist with motorists in what is now a pedestrian-hostile environment.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to: 1. Identify and evaluate the impact of specific contributing factors in motor vehicle crashes on the severity of sustained injuries in the Loudon Rd. study. 2. Assess the effectiveness of specific measures taken to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes in the Loudon Rd. study. 3. Apply an understanding of factors which contributed to motor vehicle crashes in the Loudon Rd. study to develop traffic safety initiatives for similar roadways in other communities

Keywords: Safety, Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Concord, NH Police Dept. City of Concord, NH NH Dept. of Safety NH Dept. of Transportation NH Dept. of Health & Human Services
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: The original CODES project was funded by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The other agencies listed are cooperative partners in the project, but do not receive grant funds. The grant terminated as of September 30,1999.

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