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  The Center for Education and Research in Safety conducts research in the area of traffic safety. Some of this research is summarized below.

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Advance Stop Lines (Signalized Crosswalks)
This study evaluated the effects of moving stop lines from 4 feet behind the crosswalk to a distance of 20 feet from the crosswalk. Click here for more info.

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Advance Stop Lines (Uncontrolled Approach)
This study evaluated the effects of a “STOP HERE FOR PEDESTRIANS” sign used in conjunction with advance stop lines on safety at multilane crosswalks with an uncontrolled approach. Click here or image for more info.

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Advance Yield Markings (Uncontrolled Approach)
Preliminary data indicate that this treatment increases the distance that motorists yield behind the crosswalk and markedly reduces motor vehicle-pedestrian conflicts at crosswalks with an uncontrolled approach. Click here or image for more info.

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Increasing Seat Belt Use Use of a Community Program to Increase Seat Belt Use Among Shopping Center Patrons in Charlotte, North Carolina. Community feedback signs that reported weekly seatbelt use increased seatbelt use. Click here or image for more info.

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Animated Eyes (Signalized Crosswalk)
Animated eyes that look from side to side added to the WALK indication reduce conflicts between pedestrians and turning vehicles.
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Animated Eyes (Parking Garage Exits)
Animated eyes placed at the exit of an indoor parking garage reduce conflicts between pedestrians and exiting vehicles. Click here or image for more info.

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Flashing Beacons
The use of the pedestrian symbol along with flashing beacons and reminder signs placed at the dilemma zone decrease conflicts and increase motorist yielding behavior. Click here or image for more info.

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Review of Canadian Research on Pedestrian Safety
This paper review the use of advance stop lines, different types of crosswalk signs, the animated eyes signs and countdown pedestrian signs. Click here or image for more info.

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Leading Pedestrian Interval
Giving pedestrians an exclusive three second phase at the start of the WALK interval increases the safety of pedestrians. Click here or image for more info.

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Talking Crosswalks
A talking pedestrian signal that reminded pedestrians to watch for turning vehicles reduced conflicts with turning vehicles. Click here or image for more info.

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Signs and Markings to Prompt Looking
The use of signs and pavement markings reminding pedestrians to look for turning vehicles reduces conflicts between pedestrians and motor vehicles. Click here or image for more info.

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Feedback Signs And Seat Belt Use
Feedback on seatbelt use posted on large highway signs produces a large increase in seat belt use in two North Carolina cities. Click here or image for more info.

 
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