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AN EVALUATION OF SECTION CONTROL: ANALYSES OF SPEED BEHAVIOR OF DRIVERS AT A UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

DOI: 10.7708/ijtte.2017.7(4).05


7 / 4 / 461-474 Pages

Author(s)

Arzu Ilgaz - Akdeniz University, Building Works and Technical Department, 07058 Antalya, Turkey -

Mehmet Saltan - Suleyman Demirel University, Engineering and Architectural Faculty, Civil Engineering Department, 32260 Isparta, Turkey -


Abstract

Section control, also called average speed control is a traffic safety countermeasure the global use of which has started recently for decreasing speed related traffic accidents and is one of the applications within the scope of smart transportation system. In this study, a mobile section control system together with all the required infrastructure and software was set up in all sections within the boundaries of the Akdeniz University in the city of Antalya with speeding and accident issues after which the average speed values of the drivers were determined with two measurements 1st of which was secret (before period) and the 2nd of which was announced (after period). Data were collected during a 4 month period at 11 different sections with speed limits of 20, 30 and 50 km/h. Statistical analyses methods were used to evaluate the week day results from the system set up along the sections before and after announcement which were then compared for examining how section control affects the speeding behavior of drivers. The analysis of the speed data of this system indicated that it was effective in decreasing the speeds of the drivers. In general, a statistically significant difference at a level of p<0.05 was determined between the before/after period speed averages.


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Acknowledgements:

This work is a part of the Project 2011010102007 ‘Application of the Mobile Automatic Plate Recognition System to the Akdeniz University Campus Against High Speed Problem and Evaluation of Effectiveness’, which is financed by the Akdeniz University Scientific Research Projects Management Unit.


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