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The Safe System Approach to Traffic Safety

COURSE NO: C02-089
The Safe System Approach to Traffic Safety
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course aims to introduce the principles of the Safe System approach to traffic safety.


The goal of the approach, as described by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, is to reduce death and serious injuries through design that accommodates human mistakes and injury tolerances. The principles upon which Safe System is founded are 1) death/serious injury is unacceptable, 2) humans make mistakes, 3) humans are vulnerable, 4) responsibility is shared, 5) safety is proactive, and 6) redundancy is crucial. The elements used to implement the Safe System approach are safe road users, safe vehicles, safe speed, safe roads, and post-crash care.


This 2 PDH course is intended for civil and transportation engineers interested in increasing their knowledge about the Safe System approach to traffic safety.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning that the safety of all road users, including those who walk, cycle, drive, ride transit and travel by other modes, must be simultaneously addressed
  • Understanding how reducing speeds can accommodate human injury through reducing impact forces, providing additional time for drivers to stop, and improving visibility
  • Recognizing that safety measures incorporating the latest vehicle technology can decrease the occurrence and severity of collisions
  • Realizing that post-crash care has many facets, including first responders, forensic analysis at the crash scene, and traffic incident management
  • Learning that all stakeholders—for example, transportation users, managers, and vehicle manufacturers—share responsibility that crashes do not lead to fatal or serious injuries
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “The Safe System Approach to Traffic Safety”, which is based on the CED outline document “The Safe System Approach Presentation,” by the Federal Highway Administration.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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