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					                             Traffic Engineer Workshop
                   “Improvements for Older Drivers Benefit Everyone”


7:45 – 8:15 a.m.         Registration/Breakfast


8:30 a.m.                Welcoming Remarks and Introductions


9:00 a.m.                Explanation of Workshop Goals and Materials


9:10 a.m.                Module 1 – Workshop Introduction and Background
                         Participants are given an overview outlining the Highway Design Handbook
                         for Older Drivers and Pedestrians. The objectives of the course are
                         Identified as well as the relationship of the Handbook to existing design
                         manuals, such as the AASHTO Green Book and the MUTCD, as well as to
                         State Design Manuals. Participants will be provided an understanding of
                         how the Handbook was developed and how the implementation guidelines
                         can be practically applied.

                         Increasing numbers and percentages of older drivers using streets and
                         Highways pose challenges to transportation engineers. Information on the
                         significance of this major demographic change and how it will impact our
                         current understanding of the “design driver” is presented. The increased
                         “crash” involvement of older drivers and pedestrians is presented.


9:45 a.m.                Module 2 – Age Related Diminished Capabilities
                         The categories of diminished capabilities including reduction in acuity,
                         reductions in context sensitivity, reductions in visual field, reduced attention
                         window, increase sensitivity to glare, decreased dark adaptation, decreased
                         motion sensitivity, selective attention, divided attention, perception-reaction
                         time, working memory, a working memory exercise, diminished mental
                         capabilities, diminished physical capabilities, and countermeasures to
                         accommodate physical declines are presented.


10:30 a.m.               Break


10:45 a.m.               Module 3 (Part 1) Handbook Organization and Content
                         How to use the handbook is presented, as well as the recommendations and
                         the rationale and supporting information. The 66 recommendations
                         associated with at-grade intersections are presented in terms of their
                         relationship to the AASHTO Green Book, the MUTCD, the Traffic Engineering
                         Handbook, and other standards.
11:45 a.m.   Lunch Break


12:45 p.m.   Module 3 (Part 2) Handbook Organization and Content
             The 14 recommendations related to design and operation of interchanges are
             presented in terms of their relationship with the AASHTO Green Book, the
             MUTCD, the Traffic Engineering Handbook, and other standards.

             The 16 recommendations associated with construction work zones are
             presented.

             The 3 recommendations for improving conditions at passive highway-rail
             grade crossings are presented.


2:00 p.m.    Break


2:15 p.m.    Module 4- Explanation of Implementation Example
             Workshop participants will work through an example exercise, which illustrate
             the use of the Handbook in the development of real-world solutions.


3:15 p.m.    Introduction of Implementation Exercise


3:30 p.m.    Module 5 - Implementation Exercise
             The implementation exercise process consists of three primary steps:
             I.     Problem Identification/Project Review
             II.    Identification of candidate Handbook applications
             III.   Implementation decision
             Groups or workshop participants will develop recommendations for the
             proposed redevelopment of a former elementary school site to be a
             community senior center.


4:15 p.m.    Feedback/Participant Surveys


4:30 p.m.    Adjourn
Older Driver Safety Design Train-the Trainer (TtT) Endigneers’ Workshop
Hosted by Georgia's Older Driver Task Force of the Department of Community Health and Governor’s Strategic
Highway Safety Plan

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) at The Loudermilk Center
40 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA




The Department of Community Health’s Injury Prevention Program (IPP) within the Division of Emergency
Preparedness, Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway
Safety Administration conducted the second Older Driver Safety Design Train-the-Trainer (TtT) Workshop, for
Georgia traffic engineers. Traffic engineers, medical physician, safety education, urban and transportation planners
participated in the one day workshop. Mark Doctor with the Federal Highway Administration, Resource Center
conducted the training. Older driver roadway design features benefit all drivers. However, the focus on improving older
driver roadway designs featured components recognizing “senior zone” designations, larger signage print, improved
lighting, roadway directional signs, low cost marking solutions like high visibility “rumble strips”, raised pavement
markings, round abouts, and many more.

This training was offered in accordance with the recommendations of the Governor's Strategic Highway Safety Plan
(SHSP). The SHSP is a data driven, comprehensive, statewide safety plan. The plan leverages existing highway safety
resources with collaborative input from a 22 member agency executive board, The plan focuses on 10 highway safety
areas and 14 corresponding Safety Task Teams. Within the “Age Related” emphasis area is the Older Driver Task
Force. The ODTF has developed effective safety programs to address older driver safety issues in physician awareness,
alternative transportation coordination, engineering roadway design, law enforcement training, emergency medical
services, and public information and education. For more information on the Governor’s SHSP, look online at
www.gahighwaysafety.org/shsp