Use of flashing stop/slow paddle
Maine DOT decided to test the flashing stop/slow paddle under a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) program. Developed under the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP), the flashing paddles are very similar to conventional stop/slow paddles, but are enhanced by the addition of a bright light that the flagger can flash repeatedly if a driver appears to be unaware of the flagger’s instructions. Maine DOT obtained two flashing stop/slow paddles and gave them to flaggers at two construction projects, both on rural two-lane highways that carried an average of about 1,500 vehicles per day. MDOT then surveyed the flaggers and received positive responses.
The responses were very positive-a significant majority said the flashing stop/slow paddles made them feel safer, were easy to handle and use, and were more effective at getting drivers’ attention. Overall, they rated the device a 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5State/Agency: Maine
Where Documented: Case study titled "Flashing Sign Protects Workers on Back Roads"
Topics: Stop/Slow Paddles