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dc.creatorMessick, Jenniferen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-07T22:41:48Z
dc.date.available2012-06-07T22:41:48Z
dc.date.created1995en_US
dc.date.issued1995
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/ETD-TAMU-1995-THESIS-M474en_US
dc.descriptionDue to the character of the original source materials and the nature of batch digitization, quality control issues may be present in this document. Please report any quality issues you encounter to digital@library.tamu.edu, referencing the URI of the item.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionIssued also on microfiche from Lange Micrographics.en_US
dc.description.abstractOver the past twenty years, over $2 billion has been allocated for the improvement of railroad-highway grade crossings. Many passive crossings have been upgraded with active protection which has decreased the number of collisions at grade crossings each year; however, collisions at grade crossings are still a major concern. In order to continue improving safety at grade crossings, driver comprehension and driver attitudes must be investigated. This research investigated driver comprehension and driver attitudes concerning railroad-highway grade crossings through the use of literature review and driver survey. The goal of the survey was to test motorists understanding of the traffic control devices at grade crossings. A total of 1010 surveys were collected in Houston, Laredo, and Nacogdoches, Texas. The results showed that drivers, especially young drivers, expressed a lack of understanding of driver requirements and traffic control devices at both active and passive crossings. Drivers also showed a poor attitude toward active devices, 12 percent of the drivers said it was "okay" to drive around the gates if no train was present. Ninety six percent of the drivers remembered something about safe driving at railroad-highway grade crossings from a driver's education course or public safety campaign. It was recommended that more emphasis should be placed on safe driving at railroad crossings in both drivers education and defensive driving classes based on the results of the driver survey.en_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M Universityen_US
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries in 2008. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en_US
dc.subjectcivil engineering.en_US
dc.subjectMajor civil engineering.en_US
dc.titleDriver comprehension of railroad-highway grade crossingsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinecivil engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.type.genrethesis
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen_US


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