Study of Operational and Safety Impacts of Disabled and Abandoned Vehicles on FDOT Roadways

The main goal of this research is to enhance and increase safety on Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) roadways by evaluating the operational and safety impacts of disabled and abandoned vehicles (DAVs) on FDOT limited access roadways, particularly vehicles that are stopped, disabled, or parked on roadway shoulders; identifying and evaluating methods to reduce these impacts; and estimating the benefits and costs of these methods. Impacts include injuries and fatalities of travelers due to crashes associated with these vehicles; congestion related delays impacting commerce, productivity, and quality of life; and resources spent by traffic management centers (TMCs) and responders handling disabled and abandoned vehicles. The impacts of abandoned crashed vehicles and Making Own Arrangements (MOA) tows will also be considered. Various strategies to reduce the frequency of DAVs and their impacts will be studied and evaluated, including improvements to existing notification methods and response procedures, as well as new methods that could improve the handling of DAV events.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $199999
    • Contract Numbers:

      BDV24 977-37

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Florida Department of Transportation

      605 Suwannee Street
      Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
    • Managing Organizations:

      Florida Department of Transportation

      Research Center
      605 Suwannee Street MS-30
      Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
    • Project Managers:

      Gordin, Eric

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Central Florida, Orlando

      12443 Research Parkway, Suite 207
      Orlando, FL  United States  32826-
    • Principal Investigators:

      Al-Deek, Haitham

    • Start Date: 20210105
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220930
    • Actual Completion Date: 20221208

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01762275
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Florida Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: BDV24 977-37
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 14 2021 3:29PM