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August 9, 2023

Studies on Impact of Presence Lighting & Digital Speed Limit Trailers

Purdue University

Purdue University, in partnership with Ver-Mac and the Indiana Department of Transportation, conducted a study on the effectiveness of using Presence Lights & Work Zone Digital Speed Limit Trailers to increase motorist awareness & overall work zone safety.

SP-710-DSL and PPL-1000

Here are some encouraging key findings from the study that support the further development of presence lighting and speed limit trailers in night-time construction zones to reduce vehicle speed:

  • The results showed that median speeds decreased by up to 13 mph from 11 PM to 7 AM with the deployment of presence lighting and digital speed limit trailers, compared to without these devices deployed. These results are consistent with previous presence lighting studies that showed similar speed reductions of 4 to 7 mph.
  • Increased compliance with the 55-mph speed limit was observed when presence lighting and digital speed limit trailers were deployed.

2019 North Carolina Study

An earlier study, lead by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) drew similar conclusions after studying motorists driving through work zones on a four-lane interstate and a four-lane freeway.

An interim report of “An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Digital Speed Limit Signs and Work Zone Presence Lighting on Speed Compliance During Lane Closure Operations” revealed:

  • The presence of digital speed limit signs combined with lighting successfully reduced motorists’ speed. On average, speeds were reduced by 12 to 14 mph
  • Digital speed limit signs with flashing beacons had the biggest influence on work zone speed limit compliance

Making Work Zones More Secure

Presence lighting and our digital speed limit trailer are among the several work zone safety & mobility solutions developed by Ver-Mac to reduce speeds and make work zones more secure.

Here’s an infographic showing how our multi-layered system helps secure a work zone.

how our multi-layered system helps secure a work zone

Read the complete Purdue University study here.

Read the article Presence lighting and digital speed signs help protect roadway workers in Roadway Safety Magazine.

For more information about our Digital Speed Limit Trailer, click here.

For more work zone safety & mobility solutions, take a look at our online catalog.

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