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NCJ Number: 249256 Find in a Library
Title: Technology Used To Enhance Bike Safety Program
Journal: TECHBeat  Dated:September/October 2015  Pages:14-18
Author(s): Michele Coppola
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: October 2015
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 2014-IJ-CX-K004
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical); Technical Assistance
Format: Article; Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes a program in Chattanooga, TN, in which police use ultrasonic sensor technology to assist in enforcing a Tennessee State law that requires motorists to provide no less than 3 feet of clearance when passing bicyclists.
Abstract: The portable technology is mounted on bike handle-bars and uses an ultrasonic sensor to calculate the distance between a passing car and a bicycle. The device displays the distance in inches and beeps an alarm if the vehicle comes within 36 inches of the bike. A GoPro camera, which is purchased separately, records the vehicle passing and the inches display. This confirms the distance for evidence in court. The city uses billboards and rear-window wraps on patrol cars to educate the public about the bike-passing law. The city periodically uses “stings,” which are planned operations in which bicycling officers in plain clothes alert a patrol car waiting nearby to stop an offending motorist. A citation is $120, which includes the fine and court costs. Judges can order a motorist to participate in a 90-minute cycling education class. Austin, TX, has a similar program. In both Chattanooga and Austin, the community response to efforts at improving motorist-cyclist safety practices has been overwhelmingly positive. Community groups in both cities have made significant unsolicited cash and in-kind donations to support increased efforts to make bicycling on public roads safer.
Main Term(s): Technology transfer
Index Term(s): Bicycle patrol; Bicycles; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; State laws; Tennessee; Traffic law enforcement; Traffic laws
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