Effectiveness of Automatic Section Speed Control System Operating on National Roads in Poland

  • Robert Ziolkowski Bialystok University of Technology
Keywords: traffic management, section speed control, excessive speed, heterogeneity of speed

Abstract

Driving speed remains within the most important factors in road safety, and speed not only affects the severity of a crash but is also related to the risk of being involved in a crash. Inappropriate speed is responsible for more than a third of all fatal accidents occurring on roads. In Poland the problem of speeding drivers is widely present. Hence, effective speed management and enforcement of speed limits on existing roads plays an important role. Possible solutions for rural roads are very limited and are focused mainly on administrative speed limitations and speed cameras enforcement. However, due to their limited effectiveness new solutions are still being sought. High expectations are associated with the automatic section speed control system that has recently been introduced in Poland. The aim of this paper is to examine the efficiency of the automatic section speed control system on the basis of speed surveys collected on chosen national roads where the system for sectional speed control was first implemented. Conducted comparisons and statistical analyses included driver’s average speed, speed percentiles, the number of speeding drivers as well as speed heterogeneity. To evaluate the efficacy of the sectional speed system, speed measurements were also conducted on fourteen, similar in geometry and functional characteristics, reference national roads located in Podlaskie voivodship in Poland without any specific speed enforcement.

Author Biography

Robert Ziolkowski, Bialystok University of Technology

Robert Ziolkowski is an Assistant Professor at Bialystok University of Technology, Department of Construction and Road Engineering. He's received a PhD in road materials characteristics. He's finished postgraduates studies on "Chosen aspects of traffic safety and environmental protection in road design". He's a member of Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians of Transportation. His major interests include transport and traffic management, traffic safety and speed management, driver's behaviour, ITS. He's been publishing and presenting a number of scientific papers devoted to traffic safety and driver's behaviour issues in both national and international journals and conferences.

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Published
2019-08-10
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Ziolkowski R. Effectiveness of Automatic Section Speed Control System Operating on National Roads in Poland. PROMET [Internet]. 2019Aug.10 [cited 2019Oct.15];31(4):435-42. Available from: http://traffic.fpz.hr/index.php/PROMTT/article/view/3060
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