GETTING CLEAR ON FOG-RELATED CRASHES IN TAMPA BAY

This feature presents a four-step process that was employed to evaluate advanced fog-detection technologies and suggest possible strategies to address fog-related incidents in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area. They are meteorological data review, crash-data review, evaluation of fog-detection technologies, and determination of appropriate measures to fog-related incidents in Tampa Bay. Based on the study findings, the investment and installation of fog-detection and warning technology is not warranted at this time, because Tampa Bay has scattered fog and disperse fog-crash locations. Meteorological and crash data failed to document any unique and recurring fog patterns, and results show that fog-related crashes were evenly dispersed throughout the region. However, in the future, it may be appropriate to evaluate some minimal applications of low-level visibility enhancement and warning components on an experimental basis in emerging fog-crash-prone corridors. It is concluded that the best method for mitigating fog-related incidents in Tampa Bay is to mount a strong educational campaign that has been ongoing over the past two fog seasons.

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    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Turner, P A
    • Pietrzyk, M C
  • Publication Date: 2000-2

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00790728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2000 12:00AM