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Are Solar Powered Flashing Beacons Right for My Application?

07 21 2017
Other
April Spears

The primary measurement for choosing to install traffic warning signals is their effectiveness in deterring accidents. As you evaluate which type of system to add for new crosswalks, dangerous curves or intersections and other areas, you want to choose those that have proven to make areas safer. The most reliable warning signals can be counted on regardless of the weather or other factors. To ensure you have the most dependable traffic warning system at the area with the issue, choose solar powered…

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Highly visible Traffic Warning Signals for safe pedestrian crossings

07 10 2017
Other
April Spears

If you’re responsible for ensuring crosswalks, school crossings and residential streets are safe for your city, you understand what makes midblock crossings dangerous. Traditional warning signals do not offer enough protection for individuals crossing the street. These areas deserve special attention and additional warning systems to help prevent accidents. ELTEC also understands this danger. We’ve made it our business to keep people safe. ELTEC manufactures two pedestrian warning systems. Our…

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Flood Detection-Sirens Alert Residents (IMSA May-June ’17)

07 10 2017
High Water/Flood
April Spears

ELTEC’s Flood Detection with Sirens Warns Residents Download Article Here When a flash flood hits the West Bayou Oak subdivision in Houston, residents have only minutes to remove their vehicles from the parking area. In the past 10 years, the townhomes have had several vehicles totaled or severely damaged plus numerous repairs. In South Texas and Louisiana, spring ’16 had severe flooding. Curtiss Beinhorn, a resident, reports that “approximately 70 cars were totaled in the April 18, 2016…

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Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons – Solving Pedestrian-Traffic Interactions

05 19 2017
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

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…

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Improve Safety with School Zone Beacons

05 06 2017
Time Clocks/School Zones/DLPRO Software
April Spears

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…

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Why Choose Solar Power Warning Lights for Highways?

02 13 2017
Other
April Spears

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…

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The HAWK Crosswalk – Innovative Pedestrian Safety

02 02 2017
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

With many drivers rushing down roads, eager to get to their appointments and destinations on time, the importance of ensuring a safe relationship between drivers and pedestrians is of highest priority. Alarmingly, pedestrians made up 14% of all traffic deaths in 2015. Sadly, those statistics remain on par with previous years’ statistics. Traffic warning signals are used to let motorists know that they need to watch for pedestrians; walkers, bicyclists, and school children crossing the street.…

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“TIGERS” Made Safer with HAWK Crosswalk

01 21 2017
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

Frenship High School in Wolfforth, TX installed a solar powered HAWK/hybrid pedestrian crosswalk. Early one morning before dawn a student using the un-signalized crosswalk from the parking lot across from the school was struck and killed by a truck. The school principle, city manager, and other city officials along with the local TxDOT district worked together to find a solution. Since the pedestrian crossing is on a 5-lane (including a turn lane) state road (45 MPH), TxDOT determined a Hybrid…

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Emergency Vehicle Warning System – Function and Features

12 16 2016
Emergency Vehicle
April Spears

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. At ELTEC we design and manufacture the EVCS using amber flashing LEDs, requiring cars to use caution…

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Controlling Traffic for Pedestrian Safety

12 08 2016
Other
April Spears

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.   The HAWK Crosswalk Solution In some cases, under the…

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