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Effect of In-pavement Warning Lights on National Highway


Nitish Shekhawat , om group of institute HIsar; Nitin Thakur, om group of institute HIsar


NHAI, Pedestrian, Crosswalk, ESPRIT, WSF


Pedestrian safety is among one of the largest concerns in the transportation profession. Many treatments have been developed and implemented to improve pedestrian safety. This current research focuses on the efficiency of in-pavement warning lights systems and involves multiple objectives. The primary objective is to evaluate the yielding rates and crosswalk usage of existing and proposed in-pavement lights systems with comparisons including before and after data through a case study approach. A secondary objective is to evaluate where drivers are looking when they approach in-pavement lights systems and develop a model to evaluate their behavior. The research described herein formulated these objectives into two research hypotheses and used statistical evaluation methodologies to provide quantitative and/or qualitative responses to the developed hypotheses. Data on pedestrian and driver behavior in the field, and the interaction between, them was collected using video camera technology in the multicities. As per the report ‘Make Roads Safe: A Decade of Action’ by the Commission for Global Road Safety, road accidents lead to the death of about 1.3 million people in the world each year. In total, 1,949 non-staged pedestrians and 606 staged pedestrians were observed crossing at the seven crosswalk locations in the field experiment and a total of 32 drivers participated in 576 crosswalk scenarios in the driving simulator evaluation. The field evaluation resulted in increased yielding rates and crosswalk usage after installation of in-pavement warning lights, while driving simulator evaluation resulted in drivers not becoming accustomed to scanning for lights instead of a pedestrian. Recommendations include installation of in-pavement warning lights at traditional, midblock crosswalks and continued exploration of all crosswalks in the driving simulator evaluation.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV7I40046
Published in: Volume : 7, Issue : 4
Publication Date: 01/07/2019
Page(s): 697-700

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