Roadway Departures


Roadway departure crashes account for more than half of the fatalities and fatal crashes in the United States. This webinar has been developed to provide participants with an overview of tools for addressing roadway departure crashes. Topics covered in this webinar will include a discussion of the roadway departure crash problem and how roadway departure crashes are defined, along with descriptions of engineering countermeasures to:

  • Keep vehicles on the roadway
  • Improve the recovery area if a vehicle does leave the road
  • Minimize the severity if a crash does occur


Richard B (Dick) Albin: Dick joined FHWA as a Safety Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center’s Safety and Design Team in 2008. Prior to joining FHWA, Dick worked for the Washington State DOT for the New York State DOT.  He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Washington State.  Dick’s primary focus is on reducing roadway departure crashes or minimizing the severity if vehicles do leave the roadway.  Dick chaired the TRB Roadside Safety Design Committee, has been a member of the AASHTO Technical Committee on Roadside Safety, is a member of several NCHRP panels and is a certified NHI Instructor.

Tori Brinkly has a BS in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is an Oregon-licensed PE. She started her FHWA career in the Highway Engineer Training Program, concentrating in traffic and ITS, with assignments in California, Minnesota, Central Federal Lands, and old FHWA Region 1 in Albany, NY. Her permanent assignment after the training program was in the Oregon Division (Salem) as the ITS Engineer. During her time in Oregon, she also took on the roles of traffic and safety engineer, along with some area engineer duties. In 2001, Tori became the Highway Safety Engineer in Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD), reviewing project plans and providing technical support to Federal Lands (FLH) and Federal agencies in the areas of traffic and safety. In 2018, Tori joined the FHWA Resource Center’s Design & Safety Technical Services Team and works with her counterparts across the nation on safety initiatives including roadway departure and rural road safety. In 2013 Tori received the FHWA Safety Discipline Field Safety Leadership Peer Award for leadership and in 2016 she received a Team Award from the FLH Associate Administrator for the FLH Safety Teams efforts to improve road safety on federal lands projects and with FLMA partners.

Course Length:

 3 Hours

There are currently no scheduled sections. Please contact the program coordinator to discuss options.

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Credit Hours

3 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

0.3 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)