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Retroreflectivity! It's Important

-By Joanne Conrad - February 16,2017

As seen in the IMSA Journal, January/February 2017 Edition

As of late, I have received a number of calls asking about retroreflectivity.  No matter if you are a small town, large city or county, state DOT, federal lands or a site open to public travel, your agency must comply with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) on retroreflectivity.

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How Much Do We REALLY Know About Wrong-Way Drivers?

-By Steve Paulus - January 27,2017

Crashes involving wrong-way drivers in the United States are well-documented. Stories of tragedies cover our newsfeeds and televisions practically every day. So it should come as no surprise that 360 lives are lost each year as a result of wrong-way collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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Dynamic Message Signs Provide Real-Time Parking Availability for Truck Drivers

-By Steve Paulus - January 09,2017

The average over-the-road commercial truck driver spends 56 minutes a day searching for available parking, costing them approximately $4,600 per year in lost wages, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

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TAPCO Partners with Penn State University and the Federal Highway Administration on New Study to Decrease Crash Rates using Dynamic Curve Warning Systems

-By Steve Paulus - December 07,2016

Horizontal curves are few and far between, yet account for one-quarter of all highway deaths in the United States, with the root causes being unfamiliar driver error and in-curve speeding.

In an ideal partnership between private, academic and federal government transportation leaders, TAPCO, Penn State University and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are conducting a new study, Reducing Roadway Departure Crashes at Horizontal Curve Sections on Two-Lane Rural Highways.

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5 Low-Cost Options to Improve Pedestrian Safety

-By Steve Paulus - November 17,2016

A pedestrian is struck and killed every two hours in the United States, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA).

The responsibility of improving pedestrian safety falls on the shoulders of local governments and transportation officials who must foresee potential problem spots and implement the right safety solutions.

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Should I Invest in a Retroreflectometer?

-By Steve Paulus - October 26,2016

It’s a question traffic safety professionals have been asking for years, “should I invest in a retroreflectometer?”

A retroreflectometer is the go-to instrument municipalities and highway departments across the nation use to measure the reflectivity of signs and markings on roadways — critical to maintaining safe travels.

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Have a Road with a Crash Problem? Consider a Road Diet.

-By Steve Paulus - September 27,2016

Not all crashes are created equal. Drivers, pedestrians and even roadways are all responsible for creating dangerous situations for other road users.

One of the most notorious high crash-rate roadways is the four-lane undivided highway that forces left-turning vehicles to slow down while actively in a through lane and cross dual lanes of oncoming traffic.

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6 School Zone Safety Driving Tips

-By Steve Paulus - September 09,2016

You’ve probably noticed the extra congestion on the roads as Labor Day marked the unofficial start of school for students across the nation.

As class begins for more than 50 million children, increased vehicles on the road and pedestrian foot traffic on sidewalks boosts the odds of potential school zone accidents.

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