Research Projects

Moving forward to meet ambitious safety targets requires a rigorous, conceptually driven and focused research agenda.

Current Research

CSCRS kicked off initial research activities by selecting eight Quick Start projects for year one funding.

R1: Structures of Stakeholder Relationships in Making Road Safety Decisions
Principal Investigator – Seth LaJeunesse, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
A growing number of U.S. cities are beginning to incorporate more comprehensive, “safe systems” approaches to road safety…read more


R2: An Enhanced Systemic Approach to Safety
Principal Investigator – Offer Grembek, University of California, Berkeley
To date, the dominant approach used by state agencies to allocate safety resources is the hotspot approach that focuses on identifying and recommending improvements for high collision concentration locations…read more


R3: Defining Safe Systems: A Review of the State-of-the-Practice and Leadership Summit
Principal Investigator – Eric Dumbaugh, Florida Atlantic University
The concept of a “safe systems” approach to traffic safety has been widely embraced by transportation professionals in the United States and beyond…read more


R4: Completing the Picture of Traffic Injuries: Understanding Data Needs and Opportunities for Road Safety
Principal Investigator – Chris Cherry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Police-recorded crash data has improved over time, but still fails to report all aspects of crashes that are important to developing a full understanding of crash mechanism, injury burden, pre-crash conditions, and ultimately total health and cost outcomes…read more


R5: Identifying the Traffic Safety Information Needs of Major Cities in the U.S.
Principal Investigator – Eric Dumbaugh, Florida Atlantic University
This study seeks to understand the safety needs of major cities in the United States…read more


R6: Using Advanced Analytics to Frame Vulnerable Road User Scenarios with Autonomous Vehicles
Principal Investigator – Noreen McDonald, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Connected and automated vehicle technologies can dramatically improve safety by reducing human errors, which contribute substantially (an estimated 94 percent) to roadway crashes…read more


R7: Development and Evaluation of Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P) Safety Interventions
Principal Investigator – Missy Cummings, Duke University
While autonomous vehicles are expected to reduce the number of fatalities occurring due to driver distraction, little has been done to intervene for the distracted pedestrian ignoring traffic…read more


R8: Development of Resources to Guide Parents in Helping Teens Learn to Drive 
Principal Investigator – Arthur Goodwin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
North Carolina has led the way in policy efforts to address teen driver crashes with graduated driver licensing, which has reduced crashes by 38 percent among 16-year-olds and by 13 percent among 17-year-olds…read more


RR1: Explaining the Rise in Pedestrian Fatalities: A Safe Systems Approach 
Principal Investigator – Laura Sandt, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Pedestrian fatalities increased to 5,987 in 2016, compared to 5,495 (2015) and 4,910 (2014), or an increase of 22% in the past 2 years….read more



For more information, please contact Laura Sandt, CSCRS Director.

These CSCRS research projects, and other U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center (UTC) sponsored projects, are also listed in the Transportation Research Board’s Research in Progress (RiP) Database.