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  1. Cooperative Agreement for Pedestrian Enforcement ProgramsPro Bike/Pro Walk ConferenceMadison, WisconsinSeptember 6, 2006 Sergeant David A. Black University of Massachusetts Police Department dblack@admin.umass.edu http://www.umass.edu/umpd (413) 545-2121

  2. Project Management • University of Massachusetts Police Department • The University of Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program (UMassSAFE) • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  3. The University of Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program(UMassSAFE)  is a multidisciplinary traffic safety research programhoused in the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. • At UMassSAFE, we seek to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes through the rigorous examination of safety-related data – both traditional and nontraditional - to better understand crashes, driverbehavior, and related factors.

  4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration • Our mission: Save lives, prevent injuries, reduce vehicle-related crashes

  5. University of Massachusetts Pedestrian Problem • One pedestrian injury every four months of academic year • 2 recent fatal • 2 recent near fatal • Many “near misses”

  6. University of Massachusetts Demonstration Project Plan 4 E’s of Pedestrian Safety • Education, • Enforcement, • Engineering and • Evaluation

  7. University of Massachusetts Police Department Focus Area • Education (10/05) and Enforcement (11/05) Decoy Program • Judicial Review Meet with Clerk Magistrates and Judges for input on violation • Creation of Training model for Colleges and Universities

  8. OT funding for Education and Enforcement Patrol Equipment Printing: Flyers, Posters and Bus Cards UMPD Funding

  9. MassSAFE Focus Areas • Data Collection/Analysis • Engineering Improvements • Evaluation Approaches • Roadway Inventory • Crash Data • Citation Data • Observations • Impaired Pedestrian Observations

  10. Massachusetts Pedestrian Fatalities and Serious Injuries, 2004 • 82 pedestrian fatalities • 17% of MA traffic fatalities • 268 non fatal incapacitating injuries

  11. Program Goals • Increase citations for motorist violations of crosswalk laws by 15% (Goal met) • Increase motorists and pedestrians complying with laws by 15% (Goal met) • Implement policy for violators of pedestrian crosswalk violations (Not yet)

  12. University of Massachusetts The Amherst campus: • has a residential population of 13,000 students • A total of over 24,000 students • A daytime high of over 30,000 people

  13. UMass Amherst Population • High use of walking/bicycling/skate-boards as transportation means • Concentrated population with high alcohol use • Well-suited for addressing pedestrian safety

  14. Walking campus High pedestrian/ vehicle interaction 14,000 vehicles registered to park Visitors to large audience venues Parking on perimeter, buildings in center University of Massachusetts Pedestrian Problem

  15. Recent Pedestrian Issues • Fall 2005: Education and Enforcement Period • Spring 2006 • 6 pedestrian/vehicular accidents on campus in 3 month period • A total of 11 pedestrians injured

  16. M.G.L. Chapter 89 Section 11 Motorists must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk Passing a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian in the roadway $200 fine MGL Chapter 75 Section 32A UMass Article 4 Section 24 Motorists must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk $35 fine Motorist Violations

  17. Pedestrian Violation MGL Chapter 90 Section 18A Pedestrians, use of ways; rules and regulations; violations; notice • 1st, 2nd and 3rd violations-$1.00 • 4th and subsequent violations-$2.00 UMass Article and Section • Not applicable

  18. Achieving Program Goals • Program will highlight: • Need for data • Multi-disciplinary approach • Introduce enforcement concepts outlined in “Law Enforcement Pedestrian Safety”

  19. Program Results • The initial results are encouraging with increases in the percentage of yielding vehicles at both experimental locations for both the before-during and before-after comparisons.   • By comparison, the control locations had mixed results with an overall decrease in the percentage of yielding vehicles. • Full evaluation is still underway.