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NCJ Number: 220866 Find in a Library
Title: In the Best Light
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 2005-MU-CX-K077
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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United States of America

National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses ongoing research on emergency vehicle warning light systems.
Abstract: Automobile crashes and related highway accidents are the second-leading cause of on-duty death for both law enforcement officers and firefighters nationwide. In an effort to reduce officer deaths, Federal agencies are combining resources to fund a research project on emergency vehicle warning lights that studies effective ways to mitigate the disorientation effect for motorists caused by emergency lighting. An initial study has been completed by the National Institute of Justice Personal Protection Equipment Technology Working Group, involving the examination of crash data for fire apparatus, and analyzing incidents when firefighters were struck and killed on, or near, a road where the use of emergency lighting may have been a factor. Results from this operational study were detailed in an April 2007 report entitled, “Effects of Warning Lamps on Pedestrian Visibility and Driver Behavior,” and is available at Initial findings of the report included: personnel wearing retro-reflective clothing mitigated visibility disorientation for motorists, and blue colored lamps provided a good combination of effects for better motorist visibility. Further research will examine how to better use and design technology while incorporating successful operating practices to effectively mitigate motorist disorientations.
Main Term(s): Lighting; Night vision devices; Traffic accidents
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Emergency vehicles; Fire departments; Police deaths; Police effectiveness; Police emergency procedures; Police equipment; Police personnel; Police safety; Police safety techniques; Police vehicular accidents
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