I2−2: Drone Radar in Work Zones
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.
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:
Neil E. Boudreau, StateTraffic Engineer, Massachusetts DOT
Phone: (617) 973−8211