Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program
Photo collage: temporary lane closure, road marking installation, cone with mounted warning light, and drum separated work zones.
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Best Practice

BEST PRACTICE:

I2−2: Drone Radar in Work Zones

DESCRIPTION:

Drone radar units are small, electronic devices that emit radio signals. The signals will then activate all radar detectors within range. Motorists that have a radar detector in their vehicles may perceive the signals from the drone as an indication of the presence of police enforcement, and as a result reduce their speed because they perceive there is a risk of a speeding citation. A drone radar unit is attached to equipment typically seen in a work zone, such as an arrow panel or signpost.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

The idea is to alert vehicles to slow down to a reasonable speed through work zones. The advance notice would also alert sleepy, fatigued, and inattentive drivers.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

Speed reductions and safer work areas.

MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):

All types of high−speed facilities, locations, and work.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

Massachusetts

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

Neil E. Boudreau, StateTraffic Engineer, Massachusetts DOT
Phone: (617) 973−8211
E−mail: Neil.Boudreau@state.ma.us

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