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ERIC Number: EJ941710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
The Effects of a Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacon on Vehicle Speed
VanWagner, Michelle; Van Houten, Ron; Betts, Brian
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v44 n3 p629-633 Fall 2011
In 2008, nearly 31% of vehicle fatalities were related to failure to adhere to safe vehicle speeds (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA], 2009). The current study evaluated the effect of a rectangular rapid-flashing beacon (RRFB) triggered by excessive speed on vehicle speed using a combined alternating treatments and reversal design. The percentage of vehicles traveling above 41 mph (66 km per hour) decreased by 20%, and speed distributions showed a shift toward lower speeds during the RRFB condition. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois