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The Safe System Approach: What is it and why is it getting so much attention? - Free TTAP Webinar

April 25, 2024

(11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time)


1 Professional Development Hours can be granted for this course. No partial credit available. Attendees must attend at least 90% of each day of the workshop to get 1 PDHs.

Register ONLINE here.


We currently face a crisis with rising deaths and serious injuries on our Nation’s roadways. Road deaths are preventable, and the status quo is unacceptable. Our streets, roads and highways should be safe for everyone. The Safe System approach is at the core of the US Department of Transportation’s National Roadway Safety Strategy and commitment to achieving the vision of zero roadway fatalities and serious injuries. This session will explain the principles and elements of the Safe System approach and provide insights into how these concepts can be applied to transportation planning and project decision making. In this webinar you will learn about the six foundational principles of the Safe System approach and the five elements of the system that must work together to achieve the vision of zero roadway deaths. The session will also explain the important distinctions that make a Safe System approach different from traditional approaches to road safety. References for additional information on the Safe System approach will also be provided.

Learning Objective: At the completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the foundational principles of the Safe System approach
  • List the elements of a Safe System
  • Describe how the Safe System approach differs from traditional road safety approaches
  • Identify strategies for assessing project design consistency with the Safe System approach


All roadway transportation professionals.


Mark Doctor, PE
Mark Doctor, PE provides technical assistance and training to advance the application of innovative and performance-based safety and design practices on a national level. Mark began his career with the FHWA in 1988 and gained engineering experience through several positions in the FHWA Florida Division Office and the FHWA Tennessee Division Office. Mark has served in his current position with the FHWA Resource Center Safety and Design Team since 2005 where he provides technical services in the areas of geometric design, intersection safety, innovative intersections, freeway interchange design, and the Safe System approach. Mark received a BS degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and an MS in transportation engineering from the University of Florida. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia.


This is a FREE TTAP webinar. All attendees must pre-register in order to receive the webinar invitation.

Register ONLINE here.