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Title: Choke Areas
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:56  Issue:7  Dated:(July 1989)  Pages:21-25
Author(s): R P Russell
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Traffic congestion problems and possible solutions in Anne Arundel County (Maryland) are discussed in this article.
Abstract: Traffic congestion problems fall into two distinct categories: recurring, caused by known "choke areas" (bottlenecks in areas of excessive use) and nonrecurring, caused by unpredictable events such as accidents, spilled loads, or disabled vehicles. The strategic solution for recurring congestion lies in the hands of traffic engineers by expanding the roadway system and modifying existing roadway configurations. Police departments can develop operational procedures that will be effective in reducing nonrecurring congestion. These procedures include the timely detection of traffic incidents and prompt notification of the police, rapid response time (possibly through the use of motorcycles and aircraft), efficient scene clearance, and alternate route plans through media assistance and interagency cooperation.
Main Term(s): Traffic engineering
Index Term(s): Maryland; Traffic control and direction; Traffic law enforcement
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