FOR AND AGAINST SWITCHING OFF SIGNALS AT NIGHT

PRO UND KONTRA AUSSCHALTUNG VON AMPELN ZUR NACHTZEIT. ERGEBNISSE EINER BEFRAGUNG VON KRAFTFAHRERN

Experience with traffic signals switched off at night is to be considered in the intended revision and supplementing of existing recommendations for traffic signals. The objectives of the study described were: to obtain first information on how car drivers react to signals being switched on or off at night, both as drivers and as pedestrians, and to determine significant differences in the experience and behaviour of those for and those opposed to continuous operation. A random sample of 427 car drivers from the Cologne area were interviewed - some by telephone and some by personal contact. Results: the majority of drivers see benefits in the continuous operation of signals. Positive driving habits are maintained, recognition of the traffic control and orientation in lanes is thought to be easier, and too high speeds are avoided. Half of the drivers feel that their safety is impaired when they approach a junction where the signals have been switched off. Many drivers take different routes at night to avoid waiting at signals. Those opposed to continuous operation do not behave significantly differently from those who are for continuous operation. (TRRL)

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    Tetzlaff Verlag GmbH

    Havelstrosse 9, Postfach 4006
    D-6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • HAAS, I
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

Language

  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00325687
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM