Planning and Evaluation Program

For More Information
Melissa Walden, Program Manager
Center for Transportation Safety
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University
3135 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3135
(979) 845-8514

In keeping with the Center’s legislative mandate to study complex policy issues, the Planning and Evaluation Program conducts a wide range of analyses of traffic safety-related issues with an eye to improving laws, regulations, and practices.

Some of these analyses are self-initiated; others are done at the request of state and federal policy makers. During its first year of operation, the Planning and Evaluation Program studied topics that included red light running countermeasures, impediments to blood alcohol concentration testing and reporting on fatal crashes in Texas, and speed limits on Houston area freeways.


Expertise

Researchers in the Planning and Evaluation Program have expertise in the following areas:

  • Alcohol and drug (detection and prevention)
  • Crash data analysis
  • Driver history record analysis
  • Educational curriculum development
  • Experimental design
  • Field research
  • Interviews and focus groups
  • Law enforcement-related traffic safety issues
  • Naturalistic experiments
  • Program development
  • Program evaluation
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Social and behavioral data collection
  • Strategic and program planning
  • Teaching and training
  • Technical assistance
  • Technology evaluation
  • Training/educational materials development

Research Areas

  • Alcohol and Drug
  • School Age Children
  • Young Drivers
  • Other Safety Topics

Sponsors

  • Federal Highway Administration
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • National Centers for Disease Control
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Southwest University Transportation Center
  • University of North Carolina
  • Northport Associates
  • SAFE, Inc
  • Houston-Galveston Area Council