Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Reflective Backplates - Crash Reduction Factor

According to the FHWA/ITE Toolbox of Countermeasures, published in August 2008, adding retroreflective sheeting to traffic signal backplates can reduce all crashes as much as 15%.

The point: Many countermeasures beneficial to color-deficient drivers are also of benefit to ALL drivers.
The Toolbox of Countermeasures for intersections can be found here:
An abstract of the referenced study, a TRB paper and presentation from Canada, is here: