Safety Management

Using computer vision to detect pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle near-misses and high risk events

Using computer vision, video cameras, and AI to detect, count, measure speed, and intent on pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicles at intersections, crosswalks, multimodal lanes and other higher-risk sites. We are using edge computing, computer vision, and deep learning neural networks to automatically detect presence, count, and measure speed of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles to inform traffic signaling systems and digital... more »

Idea Submitted by Roger Brook, Boulder AI

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

This idea is aligned with Vision Zero and traffic safety goals ... as well as public health goals (e.g. touchless cross walks). The technology can be used in urban, suburban, and highway scenarios. Data is generated so transportation engineers can remotely monitor traffic risk scenarios for both planning and real time operational purposes.

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Using humor in roadside Dynamic Message Signs trending idea

Recently, towns such as Robbinsville have taken to using humor in dynamic message signs in an effort to warn drivers to slow down, obey traffic laws, drive safely, and otherwise make the road a safer place. Humor might be an effective technique to aid driver memory and reduce crashes and damage to New Jersey roads, as well as increase the effectiveness of passive law enforcement.

(For reference: news article, https://www.nj.com/news/2019/12/only-in-jersey-traffic-safety-served-up-with-a-side-of-attitude-humor.html)... more »

Idea Submitted by Richard Rabinowitz

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Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Richard Rabinowitz

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Potential for reduced traffic deaths and less damage to roads, lower pedestrian fatalities
Increases goodwill through humor
More memorable messages

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4 votes
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Crash prevention and structure preservation

In an effort to minimize/eliminate vehicle/overhead structure conflicts, construct advance monitoring and warning systems regarding vehicle height. There has to be something in addition to signage.

Idea Submitted by Joseph Powell

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Safety, overhead structure preservation.

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3 votes
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Using Topological Data Analysis to determine better directions for financial investment.

When considering serious problems such as the safety of pedestrians and/or motorists, or mitigating excessive traffic in areas where there is no room for expansion and multiple transportation types are used, the amount of data that needs to be processed in order to properly predict what types of projects would be the most effective is voluminous. Currently there are any number of ways that the data can be analyzed.... more »

Idea Submitted by Gary Vetro

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Every year planning becomes more and more important as the need for funds grows faster than the available funds at hand. A tool that can give greater confidence and understanding of the effects of such funds would be an important advantage.

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3 votes
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Pedestrian signal lights

The pedestrian signal lights should correspond to the universal traffic signal colors. Red to stop and Green to cross. In New Jersey and some other states, the colors are orange to stop and white to go. Those colors may not be easily recognized in another language. Crossing a street should not make you hesitate to think if it is safe or not. The universal color of Red and Green will elicit a quicker response when faced... more »

Idea Submitted by Louann Wonski

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Idea Champion - Who at NJDOT, NJ Transit or NJ Motor Vehicle? (if known) Louann Wonski

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

There are a large number of pedestrian fatalities and this change may save a life or several.

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3 votes
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COVID-19 Susceptibility of gas stations

New Jersey is unique in requiring gas station attendants fill the gas in cars. During COVID-19, that may be an advantage (fewer people handling pumps/register or going inside to pay) and also a disadvantage (risk to workers and customers talking through windows). We could account for the risk of transmission by contact with surfaces and the benefit of reduction in contact with surfaces and the risk still present through... more »

Idea Submitted by William Pennock

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COVID-19 is predicted to get worse over the coming months, and local governments need to continue to innovate to keep ahead of the virus. New Jersey's model may be instructive for other states, but it is also wise to reevaluate the strategy in light of the pandemic and see where potential vulnerabilities can be best mitigated.

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3 votes
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Development of Bus Collision Avoidance Warning and Automated Emergency Braking (CAWS/AEB)

Collision avoidance warning systems are available for cars and trucks to detect and warn drivers of potential forward collisions and automatically initiate deceleration and braking. These systems offer the potential to significantly reduce fatalities, injuries and casualty and liability expenses. However, more development is needed to apply them to buses.

In the five year period from 2015 to 2019, NJ TRANSIT reported... more »

Idea Submitted by Jerry Lutin

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Each year, NJ Transit buses incur an average of 4 fatalities, 500 injuries, and $22.4 million in casualty and liability expenses. Technology is currently available for cars and trucks that automatically detect potential forward collisions with vehicles and pedestrians and automatically initiate deceleration and braking. However, more development is needed to apply these systems to transit buses. FTA funded research and development is underway at other transit agencies but more activity is needed. CAWS/AEB systems offer the potential to eliminate most of collision-related fatalities, injuries, and associated casualty and liability expense.

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3 votes
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Safety Town

Construct an interactive off road learning facility designed to mimic real road conditions in order to teach young students and first time drivers about pedestrian and bicycle safety, including traffic signals, jughandles, road signs, sidewalks, bike paths, virtual hazards and computerized monitoring of participants.

Idea Submitted by Bill Neary

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Such a regional asset could be used by schools, camps, advocates in order to assist New Jersey in its Towards Vision Zero safety campaign.

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3 votes
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Bike-Friendly Resurfacing Program

DVRPC analyzes the priority of road segments for bike facilities and the Level of Traffic Stress for bicycles, then conducts feasibility screenings in-house and with PennDOT. DVRPC and county planning staff coordinate extensively with municipal officials to facilitate an official letter of request to PennDOT, who then designs and incorporates the bike facility improvements as part of regularly scheduled resurfacing projects.... more »

Idea Submitted by Dan Hutton

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

#1 Cost-savings: You incorporate bike facilities into the pavement (where appropriate) during the scheduled resurfacing and do not have to do it at a later date.

 

#2 Bicycle Safety: NJ is a designated pedestrian/bicycle focus state by FHWA. This designation is given for having the highest fatality rates in the nation. This should be more than enough evidence.

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2 votes
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Using computer simulation guiding heavy vehicles for traffic safety on roads

Using geographic information systems, artificial intelligence, and computer-aid-design to infer safety choices for heavy vehicle routing and scheduling methods. We are at the early edge of developing an information system for generating/assigning heavy vehicle trips in terms of time and space.

Heavy-vehicle routing choices could be managed aligned with job site schedule planning. It would thus be able to prevent neighborhoods... more »

Idea Submitted by Jessie Ya-Ting Ho

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Heavy vehicle issue occurrences used to be unpredictable by current rules whilst involving more harm than other vehicles on roads. This research idea provides an practical approach for measuring the uncertainty in a possible way in order to keep traffic safety while developing urban areas. And it also matches the concern of "Preparing Today for a Resilient Tomorrow."

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2 votes
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School Busing Alternative

There must be an alternative to school busing. Investigate options to school busing.

 

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812476

Idea Submitted by Joseph Powell

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Rollers on guide rails

We know how important it is to have a guide rail on turnings. When big trucks or cars lose their control and hit the guide rail its important to have a strong guide rail even on the bridge if the guide rails and not strong enough it may cause a big accident and vehicle can roll over from the road. so instead of focusing on guide rail, I found if we can put rollers on guide rail colors it will divert the impact force into... more »

Idea Submitted by Sushant Darji

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As a state worker, I know the importance and cost of the guide rail and when we are talking about safety it's very much important to have guide rails on turns and bridges.

So by using this idea (Rollers in the guide rail's columns) we can decrease the number of ACCIDENTS near guide rails. and save drivers' lives and reduce the amount of injury too. Also, this idea will not cost you more in a modification in guide rails. So it's easy to install and very helpful.

I can share the draft design too for this idea.

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WORK ZONE SPEED BUMPS

Due to work zone safety being compromised by speeding drivers, I would like to see a temporary Speed Bump that is able to be laid in the roadway to further alert drivers that they are approaching a work zone. It would be ideal to have reflective text to be seen at night and during daytime with hash lines for visibility. A spring loaded flag on either end would be good.

Idea Submitted by Paul Yennior NJDOT C&M TECH 1

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

Enhance Work Zone Safety

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