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Why You Want a Solar-Powered Flashing Crosswalk System For Your Neighborhood

01 17 2019
Other
April Spears

In 2017, 5,984 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S., according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). That marks the second year in a row that the death toll was near 6,000. Compared to less than 5,000 deaths in 2014, these recent statistics could point to an alarming trend in pedestrian safety. There are a variety of factors that have contributed to the rise in pedestrian deaths from motor vehicle accidents, even while fatalities for other types of traffic…

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ELTEC’s New Retractable Speed Bump

12 17 2018
Other
April Spears

Gone are the days of worrying for the safety of students at Overton Ray Elementary School, located on a busy road in Burkburnett, Texas. In an effort to increase the safety for students and pedestrians, ELTEC worked in conjunction with Traffic Speed Modulation LLC and the city of Burkburnett to make this new technology of a retractable speed hump reality. Burkburnett is currently the only city in the country to use this technology, but this is only just the beginning. With a need to make the high-traffic…

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ELTEC and 511 Technologies Announces IoTraffic Systems

06 21 2018
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

ELTEC and 511 Technologies announce strategic partnership to create internet connected traffic systems Special to the news messenger Thursday, ELTEC and 511 Technologies announced a strategic partnership to provide advanced cloud-connected products for the traffic and warning system industries. The companies will collaborate to deliver an entire line of new IoTrafficTM products with a wide range of radio communication options that provide connectivity to the Internet as well as from…

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RRFBs : Back from the Brink

12 23 2017
Pedestrian/RRFB/HAWK Crossings
April Spears

On December 21, 2017 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the termination of the Interim Approval of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) (IA-11). The FHWA prohibits the use of patented devices and learned there were several patents on the RRFB device. This was a blow to the Traffic Safety Industry as studies have proven that the RRFB was more effective than standard round beacons in driver yield rates (approx. 80%-95%). In March, a third-party company purchased and then…

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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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