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Minimum Qualifications for Road Safety Auditors

Road safety audits are effective and efficient tools to help road authorities reduce the number of accidents and casualties, because design standards alone cannot guarantee road safety in all conditions. IRF strongly supports the extended and expanded use of road safety audits and inspections at all stages of road design and operations.

This webinar will place particular emphasis on the qualifications of the individuals conducting road safety audits. The ultimate goal is to use locally-drawn expertise to conduct these audits wherever possible. This in turn requires road authorities to have a clear definition detailing who can conduct audits and inspections. Conversely, unqualified personnel could miss obvious safety concerns resulting in an unsafe road. Worse yet, the road authority would be using its limited financial resources to conduct these audits with less than acceptable results.


Mike Dreznes

Executive Vice President, International Road Federation

Michael G. Dreznes assumed his current position of executive vice president of the International Road Federation in February of 2012. Prior to accepting his position at the IRF, Dreznes was vice president of Barrier Systems Inc. for four years. Dreznes served as the deputy director general of the International Road Federation from July 2006 to February 2008. He worked as vice president of marketing and international operations at Quixote Corporation (Energy Absorption Systems, Inc.) for 20 years, starting in 1986. Dreznes has spent the last 30 years working to make the roads safer around the world. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on roadside safety promoting the concept of “Forgiving Highways,” and has conducted multiple road safety training seminars in more than 60 countries around the world. Dreznes is the co-chairman of the Transportation Research Board AFB20 (2) Roadside Safety Sub-Committee on International Research Activities; a member of the PIARC Road Safety Technical Committee 3.2 Design and Operation of Safer Road Infrastructure; co-chairman of Pillar II, Safer Roads and Mobility of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration; staff liaison to the IRF Road Safety Working Group; and former chairman of the International Road Educational Foundation.