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What is the mission of the Speed Management Team?

The USDOT Speed Management Team's mission is to promote speed management and improve highway safety in support of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) strategic and performance plans to reduce the number of speeding-related deaths and injuries in the United States.

What's New In Speed Management?

Speed Setting and Enforcement Demonstration Project Announcement.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a pre-solicitation announcement regarding the 2002 Speed Setting and Enforcement Demonstration Project awards.

The announcement is available at http://www.eps.gov/spg/DOT/FHWA/OAM/DTFH61-02-X-00059/SynopsisP.html on FedBiz.com.

This announcement is to solicit participation in a demonstration project designed to evaluate the efficacy of a cooperative "three E's" approach -- engineering, education and enforcement -- to manage traffic speeds. The project will include reevaluating posted speed limits through engineering studies, strictly enforcing revised speed limits, and educating the community and the judiciary on the why's and how's of the program.

Rational speed limits promote public safety by providing drivers with information that will help them choose a reasonable and prudent speed that is appropriate for the existing conditions. Rational speed limits are determined through a formal process that considers the speed of free flowing traffic, roadway geometry, design characteristics and land use. This procedure results in a speed limit that is reasonable to a vast majority of drivers and falls within the speed range of minimum risk. Strict enforcement of rational speed limits focused on flagrant speed limit violators is a key component. Public education will help citizens understand how speed limits were determined and why they will be strictly enforced. Local prosecutors and judges will be informed and their support will engaged.

In 2001, Cooperative Agreements were awarded to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Connecticut Department of Public Safety, and the Albuquerque (NM) Police Department.