FR Doc 03-30377
[Federal Register: December 8, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 235)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
[Docket No. FMCSA-2003-16324]
Notice of Request for Clearance of a New Information Collection:
Share The Road Safely Campaign Assessment
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirement in section 3506(c)(2)(A) of
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the
intention of the FMCSA to request the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) to approve a new information collection related to one of its
national motor carrier safety initiatives, titled ``Share The Road
Safely (STRS)'' campaign. The STRS campaign is a public information,
education and outreach program designed to improve the motoring
public's awareness of the operating limitations of large commercial
motor vehicles. The program's goal is to lower the number of crashes,
injuries, and fatalities by targeting high-risk drivers with this
important safety message. It also seeks to increase motorists'
awareness of the STRS campaign and its highway safety messages. When
appropriate, campaign efforts will combine local law enforcement
activities for car-truck proximity violations. The agency plans to
collect information from a sample of the Nation's non-commercial
licensed drivers to determine the motoring public's recognition and
awareness of FMCSA's STRS campaign.
DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before February 6, 2004.
ADDRESSES: All signed, written comments should refer to the docket
number that appears in the heading of this document and must be
submitted to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, 400
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. All comments received
will be available for examination at the above address between 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Those
desiring notification of receipt of comments must include a self-
addressed, stamped postcard or envelope.
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For Internet users, all comments received will be available for examination at the
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Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on
April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78) or you may visit
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Brian Ronk, Program Manager, Share
The Road Safely, (202) 366-1072, Safety Action Programs Division,
Office of Safety Programs, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,
400 7th Street SW., Suite 8314, Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are
from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal
Title: Share The Road Safely Campaign Assessment.
Background: The purpose of the STRS campaign is to help reduce the
number of car-truck crashes, injuries, fatalities, and property loss.
The campaign was initiated by the FMCSA in 1994 in response to a
congressional mandate set forth in the Intermodal Surface
Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) (Public Law 102-240, 105
Stat. 1914 (December 18, 1991), that the FMCSA ``educate the motoring
public about how to safely share the road with commercial motor
vehicles.'' The principal campaign goal is to increase motorists'
awareness of the STRS campaign and its highway safety messages.
The FMCSA will conduct a quantitative analysis of the Share The
Road Safely public information, education and outreach campaign and its
messages by developing and administering an evaluation study using pre-
campaign and post-campaign survey measures. This pre-campaign/post-
campaign study will help evaluate the impact the STRS campaign has on
increasing motorists' awareness of commercial motor vehicle limitations
and unsafe driving practices of the motoring public around large
commercial motor vehicles in several ways.
First, the study will be conducted to determine the motoring
public's recognition and awareness of the STRS campaign. Second, the
study will be used as a starting point from which the campaign will be
evaluated at a future date. Third, the study will quantify respondents'
knowledge of large commercial motor vehicle (i.e., tractor trailers)
limitations; their knowledge of ``share the road safely'' issues; and
their knowledge of the STRS campaign and its messages.
It is anticipated that a sample of 4,000 potential respondents will
be needed in order to complete 1,000 interviews for the study in
households with telephones using a national random digit dial sample.
Respondents: The respondents will be randomly selected adult
licensed drivers. An estimated 1,000 responses will be necessary to
conduct the analysis.
Average Burden Per Response: The estimated average burden per
response is 9 minutes. It is planned that each respondent will be asked
up to 36 specific questions concerning highway safety.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: The estimated total annual burden is
150 hours (1,000 responses x 9 minutes per response).
Frequency: This initial study will help the FMCSA establish a
baseline for determining the public's awareness of large commercial
motor vehicle limitations, ``Share the Road Safely'' highway safety
issues, and STRS campaign messages. The same information will be
collected again in 2 to 3 years to assess improvements in public
awareness as a result of STRS public outreach efforts.
Public Comments Invited: Interested parties are invited to send
comments regarding any aspect of this information collection,
including, but not limited to (1) The necessity and utility of the
information collection for the proper performance of the functions of
the FMCSA; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the collected information;
and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden without reducing the
quality of the collected information. Comments submitted in response to
this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB
clearance of this information collection.
Authority: Pub. L. 102-240, 105 Stat. 1914; and 49 CFR 1.73.
Issued on: December 1, 2003.
Annette M. Sandberg,
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