Enhancing School Zone and School Bus Safety

Traffic crashes involving school-age children are a serious safety concern, as there has been an increase in the number of school-age pedestrians and cyclists injured and killed throughout the years. This project will propose to investigate two aspects of crashes involving school-age children: school zone safety and school bus safety. This project will answer the following three major research questions: 1) What is the best countermeasure(s) to maximize drivers’ speed limit compliance rate at school zones? 2) What are the optimal roadway environment to increase traffic safety at school zones? and 3) What are the better school bus designs to improve driving behavior? All of these research questions are related to Federal initiatives. For example, one of the important goals of the Moving Ahead for Progress for the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. Likewise, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) emphasizes the issue of school-age children’s traffic safety. The team has extensive experience in highway safety, traffic operations, and infrastructure management, including analyzing and evaluating projects related to school zone safety issues. The proposed research project enhances the team’s current work on using driving simulators to analyze driver responses to changes in infrastructure configuration, school zone speed limits, and roadway signage.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $138469
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    National Advanced Driving Simulator, 2401 Oakdale Blvd
    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242-5003
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Central Florida, Orlando

    Department of Civil, Environmental & Contruction Engineering
    1280 Pegasus Drive, 442B Engineering II
    Orlando, FL  United States  32816

    University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

    259, Avenida Alfonso Valdés Cobián, ,
    Mayagüez, Puerto Rico  United States  00681
  • Principal Investigators:

    Abdel-Aty, Mohamed

    Valdes, Didier

  • Start Date: 20170801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01637173
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SaferSim)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747131
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 15 2017 4:18PM