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Blower Honored for Three Decades of Traffic Safety Studies

March 29, 2018

UMTRI researcher honored for three decades of traffic safety studies

Daniel Blower, Ph.D., who served on the research faculty at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) for more than 30 years, will be honored during the Governor's Traffic Safety Advisory Commission (GTSAC) annual awards presentation Wednesday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.
Blower, chair of the Michigan Truck Safety Commission, will receive the Richard H. Austin Long-Term Traffic Safety Award, which is presented to individuals or organizations who have made significant long-term contributions to the field of traffic safety.
The GTSAC honors organizations, programs and individuals for outstanding contributions to traffic safety.  The awards ceremony is part of the 23rd Annual Michigan Traffic Safety Summit.  Four long-term awards, six Outstanding Traffic Safety Achievement awards and one student award are being presented.
Blower has been a leader in developing two national databases for trucks and buses.  The Trucks Involved in Fatal Accidents Survey and Buses Involved in Fatal Accidents Survey were conducted at the UMTRI with support from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Blower's research focus is traffic crash causation, with an emphasis on medium and heavy trucks.  He has published numerous articles on the safety benefits of roll stability control systems on trucks and buses.  Blower has studied the effectiveness of sophisticated safety systems for commercial vehicles, including collision mitigation braking and forward collision warning systems.
He recently completed a comprehensive multidisciplinary analysis of the factors contributing to the national decline in the numbers of highway fatalities and serious injuries for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
The GTSAC was formed in 2002 to serve as the state's forum for identifying key traffic safety challenges and developing and implementing plans to address those issues.  The GTSAC includes representatives from the departments of: Education, Health and Human Services, State, State Police and Transportation, as well as Office of the Governor, Office of Services to the Aging and Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.  There are also three representatives from local government appointed by the governor.