EFFECTIVENESS OF SPEED CONTROL SIGNS IN RURAL SCHOOL ZONES AND SMALL COMMUNITIES

Results are described of experiments conducted in Mississippi, California, and Oregon testing the effectiveness of speed control signs in rural school zones and small communities on high-speed, two-lane highways. Signs tested included existing signing, a reduced speed ahead sign, speed limit and reduced speed ahead signs coupled with hazard identification beacons, and a speed violation sign activated when a driver exceeded the speed limit in effect. Also, roadside interviews were conducted at the sites and a questionnaire booklet was administered to groups to assist in determining the ability of each of the signs to increase safety and improve driver awareness of potential hazards. The questionnaire booklet provided information on public reaction and understanding of the signs. Results indicated that the combination of signs and hazard identification beacons and the speed violation sign provided the most substantial improvement in reducing speeds and increasing awareness of roadside conditions for both small communities and school zones.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02142

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Koziol, JSJ
    • Fulchino, A R
    • Mengert, P H
    • Stewart, G
  • Publication Date: 1979-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 155 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00304692
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-026 881, FHWA/RD-79/20
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 15 1990 12:00AM