Your community has a transportation problem. You have a solution. Simple, right? Maybe in a perfect world. In reality, before any project gets off the ground, there are multiple hurdles to leap. Funding needs to be secured, schedules arranged, and equipment allocated—just to name a few. With all those tasks, it’s easy to overlook the importance of community buy-in.
Andy Bergholz, TAPCO co-owner, likes to say, “As TAPCO grows, we make communities safer.” And while safe roads and highways are the circulatory system of a community, the lifeblood that keeps TAPCO going is its people. TAPCO has been family owned for three generations, and as a company, we’re much more than the safety solutions we provide and the products we make: we’re a family. In that spirit, we hope you’ll enjoy this opportunity to get to know a few of the many important members of the TAPCO family.
In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its research notes on fatal automobile crashes in 2017. The total number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States last year was 37,133. That’s a 1.8% decrease from 2016. Still, an average of four people are killed every hour on U.S. roads. Clearly, there is more progress to be made when it comes to keeping our highways and byways safe.
Topics: Vision Zero
Okay, so we still don’t have the flying cars we were promised. At least Connected Vehicles (CVs) are coming. Is your community ready? Probably not. Are there things you can do now so when connected cars roll into town you can make the most of them? Absolutely.
It’s hard to think of anything more important than protecting children, and more and more of the public’s focus is directed toward school safety. Much of the attention has been directed to safety inside the school building, and rightly so. But what about protecting youngsters as they travel to and from school?
Nearly 70,000 pedestrians were injured and 6,000 killed on U.S. streets in 2017, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). That fatality number represents the highest total in 25 years. Traffic engineers face constant pressure to reduce those numbers. What are some bona fide methods of preventing fatalities in crosswalks?
If you were asked to think of the place where most pedestrian fatalities occur, what would it look like? Are you picturing the busiest intersection you can think of during rush hour where the highest number of pedestrians cross the street?
If you’re like most traffic professionals, you know of a few traffic hazards on your roadways that need remediation – and your community is relying on you to find the right solution. It is an important challenge you face and getting it right takes hours of research and planning. The only problem: How do you pay for it?
Agencies across the nation are successfully acquiring federal and state grant dollars to obtain funding for unplanned safety enhancement projects, and you should too! Here are four steps to follow when applying for traffic safety grants to help ensure a lack of budgeted funds doesn’t prevent you from making your community safer.