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Bicycle Safety

10 30 2022
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  A hybrid pedestrian crosswalk can help direct both pedestrians and vehicles across major intersections. A hybrid pedestrian crosswalk consists of two red lights above a yellow light in a triangle-like formation. These lights will remain dark until a pedestrian enters and signals the lights to change. These lights are very helpful in keeping pedestrians safe on larger intersections. This brings up the question then, “how do we also keep bicyclists safe?” There are several things that bicyclists…

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School safety

09 30 2022
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  Unfortunately, it is well-known that school zones can be extremely unsafe for children using a crosswalk. In fact, studies have been conducted stating that as many as one in three drivers have been seen doing something unsafe daily! This is a horrific statistic as it poses a serious threat for the safety of our school children. Some of the safety risks that parents are conducting daily are listed below. Cell Phone Usage: The use of cell phones is seen daily. Many parents use cell phones…

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Approaching a School

08 30 2022
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  As school is back in full swing for the new school year you will want to be mindful of a school zone warning sign and where one might be present. Particularly for new drivers you need to be aware that a school zone warning sign is actually comprised of two signs all together. The top sign itself is in the shape of a pentagon and is the alerting portion that signals a “school area” sign. The bottom portion is a diagonal downward pointing arrow to signify there is a crosswalk in this direction.…

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Adjusting School Schedules

07 30 2022
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School schedules are never set in stone as many unforeseen circumstances can occur. There are so many factors to consider when implementing a schedule that affects school start and end times which thereby affects schools crossing zones and beacons. There is where school zone software comes into play. In today’s world being able to remotely manage these ever-changing schedules is not just a luxury but it is extremely necessary for everyone’s safety. Holidays are a common reason that school schedules…

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Is Solar the Best Option

07 08 2022
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When it comes to crosswalk signals there are a variety of options available in order to help keep everyone safe. The most important thing is that crosswalk signals will be installed in order to notify passing traffic that there are pedestrians present. Without the use of a proper crosswalk the end results could be catastrophic. Crosswalk signals can be used as part of jogging/running paths, hiking trails, horse trails, cyclist crossings, and even golf cart crossings. The thing to remember is the…

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Out With The Old In With The New

04 26 2022
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  The old school traditional system of posting school speed limit signs that say they are in effect “when children are present” is very much outdated. These speed limit signs are much too passive for such an important notification. Today’s drivers are used to notifications happening in their faces constantly whether it be from GPS navigation schools, cell phones, or any other distracting device. This is where school beacons come into play.   School beacons take the guesswork out of the…

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How to Drive in a School Zone

04 05 2022
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  Typically, a school zone speed limit is anywhere between 15 MPH – 25 MPH. The actual speed limit for your area and school is determined by a traffic engineering study based on the traffic flow for the area and proximity to the school. Whatever your posted school zone warning sign states you should be very cautious when approaching and driving through a school zone for the safety of all students. Many school zone warning signs state that the speed limit only applies “when children are present.”…

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How Automation Is Changing Traffic Safety

08 04 2021
Other
April Spears

Twenty years ago, few would’ve thought that almost everyone would be carrying a device in their pocket that connects them to a world of information. With smartphone technology, we can connect with people across the globe, look up reviews for that diner we’d like to try, and check out our hometown high school football game’s score across the country in real time. We can even watch streaming video of the game as it happens.  This technology has become so commonplace that we take it for granted.  But…

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What to Know About Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons

06 09 2021
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

Whether you’re a driver, pedestrian, or citizen sitting comfortably at home awaiting a loved one’s return, roadway safety is essential. Vehicle versus pedestrian accidents often cause severe injury or death to the pedestrian. On average, one pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in a traffic crash in 20171. Innovations that increase pedestrian roadway safety increase everyone’s sense of security.  One relatively new system designed to improve pedestrian visibility and safety that has received…

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What Every Pedestrian Should Know About Warning Lights

04 28 2021
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

Although roadways are meant to be shared by everyone, sharing the road with motor vehicles can be dangerous for pedestrians. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities in 2018 reached a three-decade high. Young children and senior adults are the most likely to perish in these tragic encounters.  GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins remarked that “In the past decade, pedestrian deaths have risen 35%. The alarm bells continue to sound on this issue; it’s…

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