Michigan State University's Highway Traffic Safety Programs (HTSP) had its
origin in late 1955. At that time Michigan was faced with the prospect of
having its worst highway traffic fatality record in history. In an effort to
address this situation, Governor G. Mennen Williams called the Michigan
legislature into special session to consider several highway traffic safety
proposals. One of the ensuing bills established the Highway Traffic Safety
Center at Michigan State University. Organizing and staffing of the Center
followed a model contained in a 1953 report: "What Can Colleges Do About the
Traffic Problem" which resulted from an effort of the Association of Land-Grant
Colleges and Universities to determine the function of such institutions in
dealing with the highway traffic problem.
In 1964 the Highway Traffic Safety Center was organizationally assigned to the
University's Continuing Education Programs and later to Lifelong Education
Programs (LEP). In July 1987, with the decentralization of LEP as an
organizational entity, HTSP became part of the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering. Over its life, the mission of HTSP has remained
The HTSP mission is to bring together persons from various disciplines and
professional backgrounds to reduce highway traffic deaths, injuries and
economic loss and to increase the safe, efficient and smooth flow of traffic on
highway transportation systems. HTSP's goal is to fulfill its mission,
consistent with University policies and procedures, through public service,
coordination, and outreach activities.
Outreach activities currently consist of conducting classes/workshops/courses
in accident investigation.
Dr. Daniel Lee,
handles the public service/coordination and outreach
roles with support services from administrative support
personnel Ligita Nelson.
In addition to the outreach courses/classes offered by HTSP,
the specialists are also involved in a number of public
outreach/coordination efforts by which they share their
expertise with other highway safety experts.
HTSP-sponsored Classes in Engineering and Traffic Engineering/Traffic Safety
If you wish to learn more about the accident investigation
classes being offered by Dr. Lee, you may contact Ligita
Nelson (at 517-355-3270 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org).