STUDY OF RURAL FREEWAY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS FOR STRANDED MOTORISTS

A two-year experiment was conducted in Michigan with a motorist aid telephone system. The study was designed to determine the usefulness of the system to stranded motorists on a rural freeway and to observe and record the needs of motorists who stop. Surveys were made in summer and winter to determine what percentages of motorists used the phones, helped themselves, were aided by others, or walked, hitchhiked, or abandoned their vehicles. The use of the phones prevented motorists from being stranded for hours. Truck drivers were found to aid more than their percentage in the traffic stream would indicate. A questionnaire evaluation by motorists showed 87% favored such a system as telephone call boxes. The system's cost appears to average about $22.00 per call. The use of the system is recommended. (A)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Michigan Department of State Highways

    State Highways Building, PO Drawer K
    Lansing, MI  USA  48904
  • Authors:
    • Roth, W J
  • Publication Date: 1971-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 100 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00261884
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TSD-TR-132-71
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 6 1974 12:00AM