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Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons – Solving Pedestrian-Traffic Interactions

Small towns have less vehicles, which generally means fewer traffic incidents compared to big cities. Yet these towns still have bodily injury accidents especially to pedestrians. Crossing the street can be even more dangerous in some areas because of fewer street lights. In fact, our local fire department’s ambulances are frequently called for ‘hit and run’ incidences. Neighborhoods with kids bicycling, families walking to and from parks, runners out for night exercise, all increase the likelihood of a pedestrian accident especially if they need to cross the street without the aid of a pedestrian crosswalk supported by flashing beacons. What’s worse is pedestrians in small towns can be more casual, less cautious.
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Traffic Warning Signals Provides Driver Safety in a Variety of Situations

We’ve all noticed that streets are busier now with more motorist than they were when growing up. There is no doubt about it – the conditions of today’s traffic situations demand that each driver be alert and focused on driving safely without added distractions. In 2012, over 90,000 crashes involved driver distraction including cell phone use. Motorists have to watch out for a larger number of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists not to mention construction zones or other hazardous conditions. Today, traffic warning signals with added technology alerts drivers to potentially dangerous situations and notifies them of what lies ahead. Continue reading

Improve Safety with School Zone Beacons

The importance of slower speeds when students are arriving or leaving school is key to their safety. At 10MPH a person has a 90% chance of survival. At 40 MPH the survival rate declines to 20%. Even though driver’s are required to learn the ‘rules of the road’, motorists continue to ignore or not notice the activated school zone flashing beacons alerting them to adhere to the posted, lower speed limit. The reason traffic warning systems from ELTEC exist is because certain high-risk areas or situations like school zones increase motorist compliance with added yellow flashing beacons to gain the driver’s attention to lower their speed. During certain times of the day, drivers need to be on the lookout for children crossing streets or school buses entering the roadway. At all times 10% of all motorists are using their cell phones; nearly 1 in 4 crashes involves driver distraction. One unfortunate circumstance leading to complications in school zones is that many schools end their session during peak traffic hours; more motorists equates to a higher probability of accidents/harm.
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Why Choose Solar Power Warning Lights for Highways?

Today, municipalities and DOTs (Department of Transportation) have several options when it comes to traffic warning systems. With growing populations and rising numbers of vehicles on the roads, the potential for more traffic hazards increases. Maybe it’s a school or pedestrian crosswalk, or you want to warn drivers of a specific road condition. All traffic warning signals require a power source. You can choose AC power from the grid, but you may want to consider solar power warning lights and the many benefits it offers.
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Emergency Vehicle Warning System – Function and Features

An emergency vehicle warning system is an activated flashing beacon supported by a W11-8 sign to let motorists know when an emergency vehicle is in the process of leaving its parking bay and entering traffic. In the traffic industry, these systems are sometimes called Emergency Vehicle Caution Systems (EVCS), and are crucial to maintaining safety on the roadways outside of public service facilities.
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Controlling Traffic for Pedestrian Safety

As a pedestrian, crossing the street can be dangerous, especially when it is nighttime, raining, or a highly congested street. Additionally, the MPH speed limit adds an additional hazardous condition the higher it is. It can also present dangers to motorists who may have to stop abruptly, or create congestion in high traffic areas. The solution to these issues is to have the safest pedestrian crossing approved in the traffic industry. Continue reading

Traffic Warning Signals Play a Critical Safety Role

Traffic warning signals play an important role when it comes to the safety of both pedestrians and motorists. The nation’s highways and roads have areas that are more prone to accidents due to blind or sharp curves, slippery when wet pavement as a few examples. When a street or highway is identified has having higher incident rates, a traffic warning systems can be installed to mitigate the possible accidents making it safer for motorist and/or pedestrians. At Electrotechnics Corporation (ELTEC), we provide a number of different systems that incorporate traffic warning signals.
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