CSCRS selects 12 new transportation safety research projects

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (May 6, 2021) — The Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) selected 12 new research projects to explore a range of transportation safety topics and extend its ongoing research activities. The projects contribute to the Center’s mission to create and exchange knowledge to advance transportation safety through a multidisciplinary, Safe Systems approach, and will be conducted by researchers across the Center’s five consortium campuses (University of California, Berkeley; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Duke University; Florida Atlantic University; and University of Tennessee, Knoxville).

“We have learned a considerable amount about Safe Systems principles and systems-oriented research and injury prevention tools since this Center was established,” said Dr. Laura Sandt, director of CSCRS. “We’re excited to add these projects to our diverse portfolio of projects that continue to strengthen the knowledge base and engage diverse stakeholders as we work with communities to implement and evaluate safety innovations on the ground.”

This is the fourth round of research projects selected in a peer-review process since UNC-Chapel Hill received the U.S. Department of Transportation National University Transportation Center grant in November 2016.

The 12 new CSCRS research projects include:

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CSCRS is a National University Transportation Center supporting the FAST Act research priority of promoting safety; it is one of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s five National UTCs announced December 2016. CSCRS accelerates progress in reducing transport injuries and fatalities by utilizing a systems approach to bring perspectives from planning, engineering, public health, data science and robotics to the road safety field.

CSCRS contact: Jennifer Palcher-Silliman, 919-843-4859,