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School Zone Safety Report

Every year, on average, 100 children are killed and 25,000 are injured walking to and from school, according to ATS. The company attributes many of these incidents to drivers who are distracted, speeding through school zones or illegally passing stopped school buses as children move toward or away from the bus. Enforcing traffic laws can help reduce these hazards, company officials said, but the demands on officers make it challenging for them to maintain a constant presence on school buses and in school zones on a daily basis.

ATS officials added the report shows automated enforcement is a proven deterrent to excessive speeding in school zones and the practice of illegally passing school buses that are stopped to let children on or off.

Results in the report show:

• In Des Moines, Washington, the number of motorists speeding in front of Woodmont Elementary School decreased by 82% in the first six months of the city’s school zone speed safety camera program.
• The city of Seattle has seen a 27% reduction in the number of violations issued since their school zone speed safety camera program started in December 2012.
• In Georgia, the state with the highest number of school bus passing violations in the U.S., according to company officials, ATS’ CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety cameras are reducing the threat to children from illegal passes. Violations decreased 50% in Cobb County, 53% in Muscogee County and 42% in Marietta after cameras were installed on buses to record illegal passes.

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ELTEC Corp prides itself on providing safer environments for the public, especially children in school zones. Help prevent these tragic accidents by installing safety precautions such as school zone warning beacons. Visit our warning signs product page to learn how to better protect your region from traffic and pedestrian accidents.

Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence

Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence

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Shankar Vedantam

New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increase traffic crashes.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Many cities and towns have installed a safety feature for pedestrians at traffic signals, you might have seen them. When the signal changes to tell people when to cross an intersection, a timer appears. It alerts pedestrians to how much time they have to cross the road. Well, there’s new evidence that the safety feature might actually be having a dangerous and unintended consequence. NPR’s Shankar Vedantam joins us each week on this program to talk about social science research. And, Shankar, I know this countdown signal well. I see it as a driver, I see it as a pedestrian. What’s the danger here?

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Well, the danger is that pedestrians are not the only ones who can see this countdown timer. Drivers can see the timer too and as the timer starts winding down to two or three seconds the driver knows the traffic light is about to turn red and that makes some of them speed up to get through the intersection.

GREENE: Well, beyond speeding up, you know, and potentially getting a ticket, is there even more danger here?

VEDANTAM: Yeah, I spoke with Arvind Magesan, he’s a researcher at the University of Calgary. And along with his co-author, Sacha Kapoor, they looked at the effect of installing these countdown timers at nearly 1,800 intersections in the city of Toronto. Now, the news is not all bad. The timers lowered the number of accidents involving pedestrians. In other words, when people know how much time they have to get across the intersection, it helps them get across safely or decide not to start in the first place. But the timers also increase collisions between cars. And Magesan told me there was one particular kind of crash that seemed to go up. Here he is.

ARVIND MAGESAN: The largest increase is in rear-end accidents and we think it’s because two cars approaching a light, who both see the countdown, the guy behind, he sees the two or three seconds and thinks, oh, the guy in front of me is going to floor it too, I’ll floor it and we’ll both get through the intersection. Whereas the guy in front thinks, OK, I only have two or three seconds left, I’m going to slowdown. And this is exactly the type of accident that would happen in that case.

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DLPRO 17E Software updates Mar-Apr ’10

NTC-17E Software ‘Gets Better with Age’

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For over 40 years ELTEC has been manufacturing programmable time clocks for the traffic industry. ELTEC’s DLPRO 17E software is used to program the NTC-17E series (AC, DC, 1, 2, or 4 relays) from a computer. Annual programs including all exceptions are downloaded once a year.

The NTC-17E time clock has always had the op-tion of being password protected. Now, the DL-PRO 17E software has a new security feature. The improved version offers password protection for modifying programming. The system administrator determines who has permission to change existing schedule(s). Up to 5 individuals can have the privilege. Once logged in, the user has the authority to overwrite/change a program. Personnel not given permis-sion can still upload and download schedules to and from clocks, but changes to the schedule are not permitted. With-out a password, personnel can save a different program as new, but cannot replace any existing schedules.

Additionally, the enhanced DLPRO 17E software now prints programs for all “Program Names” with one “click” (selec-tion). Previously, only a single “Program Name” would print at a time.

For more information contact ELTEC at 800-227-1734, or Sales@ELTECCORP.com, or visit our new web site at: www.ELTECCORP.com

System 3000 Network Based Time Clock (IMSA July-August ’10)

ELTEC Introduces Network Based Time Clock

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ELTEC has launched a new program-mable time clock, the TC-3000. Using your available internet/network ac-cess, it provides real-time closed-loop management from a host computer, eliminating the need to send techni-cians for on-site trouble shooting or changing/modifying programs.

The System 3000 (DLPRO 3000 soft-ware, LANG 3000 & TC-3000 time clock) utilizes the internet or private intranet and RF technology eliminat-ing paging or cellular fees. No radio repeaters are required. System com-munication is established over the net-work utilizing a secure dedicated port on the host computer and an on-site local area network gateway (LANG). A spread spectrum RF virtual private network (VPN) is created between the LANG and its’ associated TC-3000 time clocks.

The system provides immediate 2-way communication, real-time monitor-ing and control, displaying clock and LANG status. At any time, a single clock, group of clocks or all clocks can be interrogated to verify status. Email messages are sent to the technician(s) on-call as well as other designated individuals to report low voltage con-ditions, any manual overrides or com-munication faults.

The System 3000 controls the opera-tion of beacons based upon program schedules downloaded by the user into non-volatile memory. All programs are stored in the time clock as well as the LANG. Should there be a system inter-ruption, the flashing beacons continue to operate as scheduled. It operates as a stand alone time based control-ler, allowing it to be used anywhere a time based relay output controller is required.

The TC-3000 time clock has an internal flasher, and it’s equipped with two independent output relays for other needed circuits. Both the TC-3000 time clock and LANG 3000 operate on either 12VDC (solar) or 120VAC.

The DLPRO 3000 software runs on Windows operating systems.

For more information contact ELTEC at sales@elteccorp.com, 800-227-1734 or visit ELTEC’s web site at www.ELTECCORP.com.