This webinar will address how social and economic factors can play a role in crash injuries and fatalities. Dr. Klinich will discuss her study which analyzed crash fatality data and found that lower education levels, more rural environments, and lower income levels resulted in higher numbers of fatalities than expected. This was due to dangerous crash types, lower restraint use, and older vehicle age. In Mr. Cole’s presentation, he will provide an overview of Virginia’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) and explain how his team used Virginia's Health Opportunity Index as a factor to help determine the PSAP priority locations. Mr. Cole will show how the same model could be explored for additional programs and safety planning.
Speakers: Mark Cole, Virginia Department of Transportation Kathy Klinich, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute