On the speed reduction potential of pilot vehicle use in work zones

Debnath, Ashim Kumar, Blackman, Ross, & Haworth, Narelle (2016) On the speed reduction potential of pilot vehicle use in work zones. Road and Transport Research: A Journal of Australian and New Zealand Research and Practice, 25(1), pp. 18-30.

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Despite significant research efforts to understand the speed reduction potentials of work zone interventions, little is known about the reductions achievable by the use of pilot vehicles. This paper innovatively examines the speed reduction potential of pilot vehicle in a Queensland rural highway work zone. Analysis of five days’ speed data showed that pilot vehicle reduced mean speeds at the treatment location, but not downstream. The proportion of speeding vehicles was also reduced, particularly those travelling at 10 km/h or more above the posted limit. Motorists were more likely to speed during the day, under a 40 km/h limit and when traffic volumes were higher. While it is commonly believed that pilot vehicle controls the speeds of all following vehicles, results of this study showed that pilot car had greater effects on reducing speeds of vehicles following it closely than those which are far behind in a traffic stream. To maximize these benefits, it is necessary to ensure that the pilot vehicle itself is not speeding.

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ID Code: 98543
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: pilot car, roadwork safety, speeding, speed reduction, work zone safety
ISSN: 1037-5783
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2016 22:54
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 10:28

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