A Safer Route

by Misty Mealey, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 8, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article


More than 42,000 people died in transportation-related incidents in 1997, making motor vehicle accidents the leading cause of death for individuals between age one and 34. Engineers are improving design strategies and developing numerous roadside safety hardware. Some of the most promising tools in the works include an interactive highway safety design software program, crash cushions made from discarded tires, energy-absorbing guardrail terminals, and collapsible utility poles.

Subject Headings: Highway and road design | Traffic accidents | Safety | Power transmission poles | Vehicles | Traffic safety | Sustainable development | Computer software

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