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Science Café to address motor vehicle crashes


With more than 200 million drivers on U.S. roads, you have to figure that not everyone understands or plays by the same rules of the road. But with more than 10 million motor vehicle crashes per year, improving road safety is critically important.

Deborah McAvoy, associate professor of civil engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, will deliver her Science Café discussion, "Roadway Design for Dummies," at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

During the talk, she will turn the Front Room into a test driver laboratory, complete with video displays and tests of the reaction times of drivers.  

"Different drivers have different needs and we need to know how to better accommodate those needs," McAvoy said.

McAvoy added that when some people see a "stop" sign in the distance they slow down in preparation, while others do not react to the sign until the last minute. Through research and testing, she comes up with alternative roadway designs that will accommodate a wider variety of drivers and their perceptions.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Science Cafés and Cafe' Conversations are venues for students interested in informally sharing their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting.