Title

STUDY OF EFFECTIVENESS OF SELECTED SCHOOL ZONE TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES

Authors

M H. Schrader

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1999

Subject Area

operations - traffic

Keywords

Traffic signs, signals and markings, Traffic signs and signals, Traffic signs, Traffic markings, Traffic control devices, Speed data, Speed control, Schools, Road stripes, Road markings, Road legends, Pavement markings, In situ tests, Highway signs, signals and markings, Highway signs, Flashing beacons, Field tests, Fibre optics, Fiber optics, Carriageway markings, Before and after studies, Beacons

Abstract

The effectiveness of five different school zone traffic control devices was tested. Each was tested at a unique site. Speed data were obtained at each site before the devices were added and again 1 month and 6 months after the devices were installed. The five devices tested in the study were fiber-optic signs, spanwire-mounted flashing yellow beacons, post-mounted flashing yellow beacons, transverse lavender stripes, and large painted legends. Of the five sites tested, only the site with the fiber-optic signs experienced a speed reduction significant at the 95% level. Several of the other sites also experienced decreases in speeds; however, these decreases were not statistically significant.