I recently attended an interesting presentation by the National Academy of Sciences on a study of driver behavior at the October state Traffic Safety Symposium in Lake Placid. This is a nationwide study that will provide objective, scientific information about what happens when people crash, when they experience a near-crash and when they drive without incident. The intent of the study is to determine what risks are inherent in the relationship of a driver's performance to the roadway design and to traffic conditions. The study is part of the second Strategic Highway Research Program, which is administered by the Transportation Research Board. SHRP 2 focuses on four related areas, including driving behavior, highway capacity, travel time reliability, and rapid renewal methods.