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Transportation Safety

Objectives

Introduce students to the TDL Career Cluster: Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning,

Management, and Regulation

Civil Engineering (Transportation Engineering)

(Content Standard #1)

Introduce Students to Transportation Safety Concepts

(Content Standard #2 and #3)

Transportation Case Study

The objective of this study:

Analyze the current speed compliance ratio of traffic.

How many people do not comply with the speed limit on this stretch of road?

Generate a viable solution targeted to slowing down traffic and making this stretch of road safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Are current traffic speeds unsafe? If they are unsafe, what can we do to slow down traffic in a safe way?

Transportation Safety Background

More than 3 million transportation-related injuries a year (nationwide) Societal cost: $231 billion a year Loss to Nebraska: $2 billion a year

Motor vehicle crashes account for 40% of all 16-18 year old deaths in the US.

Transportation Safety Background

In Nebraska, 256 people were fatally injured in traffic accidents in 2007.

Downward Trend

Fatalities Nebraska 230 240 250 260 280 290 300 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 270
Fatalities
Nebraska
230
240
250
260
280
290
300
2003
2004
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2007
270

Transportation Safety Background

As of July 3 rd , 2008 98 Fatalities

84 in Rural Areas 14 in Urban Areas

Compared to the 2004-2007 average

Fatalities are down 23% so far this year in Nebraska

Transportation Case Study

We are going to do a case study on a stretch of road just west of Bryan HS

48th street

between

Glasgow Ave and

Transportation Case Study • We are going to do a case study on a stretch of
Giles Road
Giles
Road

Transportation Case Study STEP 1

DATA COLLECTION

Using a stopwatch, time the cars as they pass between the two landmarks.

Landmarks will be given on next slide

Record your times for each car on the worksheet provided. (Speed Conversion Worksheet)

Transportation Case Study STEP 1

The land marks are:

The pine tree just to the right of the house The sign by the white building

Transportation Case Study STEP 1 • The land marks are: – The pine tree just to

SIGN

TREE

What Time Did You Get?

Time between the two landmarks:

2.45 Seconds

Transportation Case Study STEP 2

CALCULATE THE SPEED

Now that we have our data, we need to find the speed of the cars in Miles per Hour.

Use the equation for speed

Speed = Distance (Miles) / Time (Hours)

Transportation Case Study STEP 2 CALCULATE THE SPEED • Now that we have our data, we
Transportation Case Study STEP 2 CALCULATE THE SPEED • Now that we have our data, we

The distance the cars travel

The time it takes for the cars to travel that distance

Transportation Case Study STEP 2

We need to convert FEET per SECOND to MILES per HOUR

There are 5,280 feet in a mile There are 3,600 seconds in 1 hour

Transportation Case Study STEP 2

First, find the distance the car has traveled in miles:

1 foot = 0.00018939 miles (1 / 5,280)

Number of feet the car traveled x .00018939 =

Distance

Transportation Case Study STEP 2

Landmark Distance

163 Feet

Transportation Case Study STEP 2 • Landmark Distance 163 Feet Distance = 163 x .00018939 Distance
Transportation Case Study STEP 2 • Landmark Distance 163 Feet Distance = 163 x .00018939 Distance

Distance = 163 x .00018939

Distance = .03087057 Miles

Transportation Case Study STEP 2

Now that you have converted the distance from feet to miles, let’s convert the time from seconds

to hours:

Insert the time you recorded in seconds into the equation

Number of seconds over 3,600

Number of Seconds

3,600

=TIME (in hours)

2.45 Seconds / 3,600 = .00068055 Hours

Transportation Case Study STEP 2

• Now let’s insert the TIME and DISTANCE

into the Speed Equation:

DISTANCE

TIME

=Speed (MPH)

Transportation Case Study STEP 2

TIME = .00068055 Hours DISTANCE = .03087057 Miles

.03087057 Miles

.00068055

Hours = 45.36 MPH

Speed Limit = 35 MPH

Transportation Case Study STEP 3

You and a partner will spend 20 minutes collecting data on this stretch of road.

You will time 10 different cars and calculate their speeds

Use worksheet provided

Transportation Case Study STEP 3

Once finished: calculate the Compliance Ratio

Give the percent of vehicles going faster than the posted speed limit (35 MPH)

(# of speeders / 10) x 100 = percent of speeding vehicles (Compliance Ratio)

Transportation Case Study STEP 4

Do we have a problem on this stretch of road?

DISCUSSON

What are the traffic laws in this area?

Speed Limit during SCHOOL?

What is or is not located on or around this stretch of road that may increase traffic speed?

Do you think that the low speed limit through here is important or should it be increased?

Transportation Case Study STEP 4

Using the internet, you and your partner will research possible solutions to slow down the traffic.

Stop Light Traffic Calming Device More Enforcement Speed Bumps

Create a power point presentation to showcase your solution.

Career Pathway

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Transportation Systems/Infrastructure

Planning, Management, and Regulation

Civil Engineering

Transportation Engineering

Civil Engineering Video…

Nebraska Career Connections

Civil Engineering Career Video

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