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Keeping Drivers Safe on Horizontal Curves

Posted by John Germanotta on Mar 26, 2019 2:18:14 PM

Horizontal curves are some of the most dangerous sections of road, whether they are located on interstates or rural two-lane roads. Curved stretches of road comprise a small percentage of all road miles, but they are associated with a quarter of fatal crashes.

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Topics: Traffic Signs, horizontal curve

Getting Started on Vision Zero

Posted by John Germanotta on Mar 5, 2019 7:54:07 AM


Vision Zero is a strategy. Vision Zero is a commitment. Vision Zero is—yes, you guessed it—a vision of a community where no fatalities or serious injuries result from traffic accidents. For an overview of what Vision Zero means and what it is intended to accomplish, you can read this past Safe travels.® blog entry. For a deeper look into how communities can implement Vision Zero into their transportation system, read on.

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Topics: Vision Zero

Five (or Six) Things You Won't Want to Miss at the 2019 ATSSA Annual Meeting

Posted by John Germanotta on Feb 4, 2019 8:17:30 AM

If you’re a traffic professional, there’s a good chance you’ll be in Tampa between the 8th and 12th of February, attending the ATSSA 49th Annual Convention and Traffic Expo. Hundreds of your peers in the transportation safety industry will be there, representing both private companies and government organizations.

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How to Win Community Buy-in for Traffic Safety Projects

Posted by John Germanotta on Jan 14, 2019 2:24:37 PM

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.

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Meet the TAPCO Family!

Posted by John Germanotta on Dec 20, 2018 10:05:00 AM

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.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Fatal Crash Statistics for 2017 Released

Posted by John Germanotta on Nov 27, 2018 2:07:44 PM

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.

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Topics: Vision Zero

How to Future Proof Your City for the Connected Vehicle Revolution

Posted by John Germanotta on Nov 8, 2018 9:30:32 AM

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.

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Designing Safer School Zones on a Budget

Posted by John Germanotta on Oct 18, 2018 8:00:26 AM

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?

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