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

Posted by Steve Paulus on Jan 9, 2017 1:17:28 PM

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.

In an effort to reduce the time truck drivers spend hunting for parking, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has partnered with TAPCO to install dynamic message signs along the Interstate that provide real-time parking information for drivers.
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TAPCO Partners with Penn State University and the Federal Highway Administration on New Study to Decrease Crash Rates using BlinkerChevron™ Dynamic Curve Warning Systems

Posted by Steve Paulus on Dec 7, 2016 11:22:25 AM

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

Posted by Steve Paulus on Nov 17, 2016 7:32:52 AM

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?

Posted by Steve Paulus on Oct 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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.

Posted by Steve Paulus on Sep 27, 2016 9:41:17 AM

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

Posted by Steve Paulus on Sep 9, 2016 10:29:32 AM

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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Interim Approvals Recommended as MUTCD Delay Expected

Posted by Steve Paulus on Aug 19, 2016 1:19:43 PM

The expected delay of the next Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) edition has motivated the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) to recommend changes to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for Interim Approval.

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U.S. Ranks Last in Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths Report

Posted by Steve Paulus on Aug 12, 2016 1:06:02 PM

Every day approximately 90 people die from motor vehicle accidents in the United States, ranking our country last among the 19 high-income nations analyzed in the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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