Highway departments do not control the vehicle aspects that contribute to highway accidents. Other parts of federal and state government have that function. At the highway department level, the types of vehicles that use the road affect many road design decisions. For example, tractor- trailers need more room to turn than passenger cars. Vehicles are grouped into classes called design vehicles. Some common design vehicles are passenger cars, single-unit trucks, buses, and several sizes of…... Read more

Drivers and Other Road Users

Section 152 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law defines traffic as, “Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, bicycles and other conveyances either singly or together while using any highway for purposes of travel.” While motor vehicles are usually the largest group, others have the right to use the road. How much effort is needed for different user types depends on the amount and types of traffic on a given road. On low-volume…... Read more

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