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Speeds in school zones.

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      Project title: Comprehensive guide to traffic control near schools
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      Technical report; Sept. 2006-Aug. 2008.
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      School speed zones are frequently requested traffic controls for school areas, based on the common belief

      that if the transportation agency would only install a reduced speed limit, then drivers would no longer

      speed through the area. This research project was tasked with reviewing existing practices and developing

      guidelines regarding the establishment of school zones. Researchers documented existing knowledge on

      traffic control devices in school zones using a review of previous research that examined effectiveness of

      devices, a survey of practitioners on signing and marking, a review of state and city school zone guidelines

      and warrants, and a telephone survey of law enforcement officers. Researchers also collected field data at

      24 school zones across Texas and analyzed the data for findings on speed-distance relationships, speed-time

      relationships, influences of various site characteristics on speeds, and special characteristics of school zones

      with buffer zones. The findings from these analyses were used in developing suggested guidelines for

      traffic control devices, including school speed zones, near schools in Texas. The Guidelines are designed to

      serve as a supplement to the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the manual on

      Procedures for Establishing Speed Zones. They are included in this report as Appendix A. Major topics in

      the Guidelines include: definitions, school location, school speed zone characteristics, pavement markings,

      crosswalks, school entrances, and conditions for removing a school speed zone.

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