Identification of safety problem areas for trucks in work zones

Rahim F. Benekohal, Eunjae Shim, Paulo T.V. Resende

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Abstract

The findings of this study will help to identify the high risk location for truck drivers in work zones. A study was conducted to determine the truck drivers' concerns and the location of accidents and safety problem areas in work zones. A statewide survey of 930 semi-truck drivers was conducted. Two thirds of the drivers had experienced the bad driving situations (BDS) at least at one location, and one third at more than one location in work zones. The transition area had the highest percentage of BDS, followed by the advance warning area, work space, termination area, and buffer space. The correlations between having BDS experiences and travel characteristics were examined for the work zone as a whole, as well as for the five sections within the work zone. BDS and accident experiences are highly correlated, so the frequency of BDS can be used as an indicator of safety problem areas in work zones. Analyzing BDS experiences for each section separately revealed correlations between BDS and travel characteristics that were not detected by the overall analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages326-332
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 Conference on Traffic Congestion and Traffic Safety in the 21st Century - Chicago, IL, USA
Duration: Jun 8 1997Jun 11 1997

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OtherProceedings of the 1997 Conference on Traffic Congestion and Traffic Safety in the 21st Century
CityChicago, IL, USA
Period6/8/976/11/97

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research

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    Benekohal, R. F., Shim, E., & Resende, P. T. V. (1997). Identification of safety problem areas for trucks in work zones. 326-332. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1997 Conference on Traffic Congestion and Traffic Safety in the 21st Century, Chicago, IL, USA, .