TRAFFIC CONFLICTS AS A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL IN HIGHWAY SAFETY

Accident repeatability from one year to the next was found to be high at 60 intersections (r equals 0.64) and 170 spot locations (r equals 0.59). Nearly half of the 209 Kentucky locations designated as hazardous by accident criteria were found to have been so identified falsely because of random accident occurrences. Conflict counts were conducted at 5 intersections in central Kentucky to determine characteristics of conflict data. Good reliability was found between observers in simulataneous counts of conflicts and weaves with r values as high as 0.93. Traffic volumes accounted for only about 30 percent of the variation in numbers of conflicts. Reductions in conflicts and accidents that resulted from such safety improvements as installing left-turn signal phasing, raised pavement markers, and green-extension systems at numerous locations were determined. A revised procedue for collecting and utilizing conflict data was described. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 48-57
  • Monograph Title: Highway capacity, measures of effectiveness, and flow theory
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189850
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-025 846
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1979 12:00AM