Transverse pavement markings were placed ahead of a sharp curve having a high-accident history. Speed and accident studies were conducted before and after. The markings were placed so that drivers otherwise failing to reduce speeds while approaching the curve would see transverse lines on the pavement at an increasing rate. The spacing of lines was intended to create an illusion of acceleration which would cause the driver to slow. The results indicated that pavement markings can be an effective speed-control measure and reduce accidents. At the single site studied, the obedience of drivers to this type of hazard warning was more effective than signing alone. Further uses of markings in this way may be warranted at locations where excessive speeds contribute to accidents. The length of roadway marked in this trial was 810 feet (247 m). Consideration should be given to increasing the distance in future installations. Although the striping tape performed satisfactorily, painted lines could be used as an alternate.
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Agent, Kenneth R., "Transverse, Pavement Markings for Speed Control and Accident Reduction" (1975). Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report. 1103.