[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 199 (Monday, October 15, 2012)]
[Pages 62491-62492]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25225]



Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35).
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    Title: Drivers' Awareness of and Response to Significant Weather 
Events and the Correlation of Weather to Road Impacts.
    OMB Control Number: 0648-0624.
    Form Number(s): NA.
    Type of Request: Regular submission (reinstatement without change 
of a previously approved information collection).
    Number of Respondents: 1,200.
    Average Hours Per Response: 6 minutes.
    Burden Hours: 120.
    Needs and Uses: This request is for a reinstatement without change 
of a previously approved information collection. Due to an unusually 
dry winter, this survey could not be conducted during the OMB approval 
    This project is a joint effort of the University of Utah, NOAA's 
National Weather Service (NWS), the Utah Department of Transportation 
(UDOT), and NorthWest Weathernet (NWN) to investigate and understand 
the relationship between meteorological phenomena and road conditions, 
as well as public understanding and response to available forecast 
information. The events which impact the Salt Lake City metro area 
during the winter of 2012-2013 will be examined. Through the 
administration of a targeted survey, important details will be gathered 
regarding: (a) The information that drivers possessed prior to and 
during a storm, including knowledge of observed and forecast weather 
conditions; (b) sources of weather and road information; (c) any 
modification of travel and/or commute plans, based on event 
information; (d) anticipation and perception of storm impacts and 
severity; and (e) perception and behavioral response to messages 
conveyed by the NWS and UDOT, along with their satisfaction of 
information provided. Analyses of the information gathered will focus 
on driver knowledge, perceptions, and decision making. Ultimately, the 
results of this survey will provide insight on how the Weather 
Enterprise may more

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effectively communicate hazard information to the public in a manner 
which leads to improved response (i.e., change travel times, modes, 
etc.). With a sufficient level of behavior change, it should be 
possible to improve safety and reduce the costs associated with weather 
related congestion and associated delays. Additionally, the project 
will shed light upon the interrelationship between meteorological 
phenomena, road conditions, and their combined impact on travel.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Frequency: One time.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    OMB Desk Officer: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.
    Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained 
by calling or writing Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance 
Officer, (202) 482-0336, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at 
    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information 
collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice 
to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

    Dated: October 9, 2012.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-25225 Filed 10-12-12; 8:45 am]