Innovative Approaches to Ensure Traffic Safety

The approach often taken to improve traffic Safety has been to increase awareness of the reasons for traffic accidents and related fatalities. This approach is then enhanced by following up with personal education on traffic safety.

But there is another approach that is being adopted. This approach is to look at the way traffic moves within our road systems of the United States. This approach does not focus solely on the individual, but, on the dynamic of our traffic flow.

Standard Approach for Traffic Safety

The standard approach for traffic safety looks at the human behavior.  The issues requiring special attention are identified, like;

  • distracted driving,
  • carelessness,
  • lack of sleep,
  • intoxication.

Traffic Cones

Alternative Approach to Traffic Safety

In the alternative approach, the focus is on the way traffic moves through our transportation infrastructure. This view considers issues such as cyclists being on the same road as fast moving cars, excessive speed limits on roads that curve, etc.

At the head of this approach is Vision Zero. As it is stated in How does Vision Zero differ from the traditional approach to traffic safety?

But in the Vision Zero framework, the road safety problem isn’t the individual, but rather the flaws in the transportation system—flaws that mean, for example, that cars can move at excessive speeds on city streets and incompatible road users (for instance, bicyclists and drivers) have to share the road.

In redefining the problem, we’re required to develop solutions that will impact the true culprit: an unforgiving street network that doesn’t take into account that people make mistakes. The focus thus shifts from solutions focused on perfecting individual behavior to solutions focused on perfecting a transportation system that failed to protect people who made predictable errors.

Construction Sites

In addition to our regular traffic patterns in our road system, construction sites need to get special attention. We have previously stated in this blog that construction sites are a critical place to insure traffic safety directly. When a construction site is on or near a traffic pattern, the dynamic of the traffic is distorted from the original intent. Traffic speeds need to be reduced to  accommodate the unusual circumstances. Traffic Control Plans must be developed and agreed to by the effected municipalities. Many considerations must be made for optimum safety results.

Traffic Safety products are used to clearly mark the new, but temporary, traffic patterns created by construction sites. Attention must be made to all factors to ensure a harmonious interaction between all moving elements during the construction process.

Approaches for Traffic Safety

All approaches must be considered to ensure people may move about their communities safely, even during times of road improvements or construction. At Traffic Safety Direct, we are experienced in assisting the effort of safety. Contact us anytime. We love to share our experience and knowledge.

Pedestrian Safety Requires Different Solutions in Different Situations

Maintaining pedestrian safety is a challenge in many different situations. There is pedestrian safety in neighborhoods, disaster response, construction sites and public venues to name just a few. Understanding that different situations present unique challenges is important.

Pedestrian Safety in Neighborhoods

pedestrian crosswalkPedestrian safety is becoming a larger issue in our communities. People are walking more. They are moving to urban neighborhoods and adding steps to improve their health. And of course, children will always be playing near the street.

There is much that we can do to improve the safety of our communities. We do not need to rely only on the police for enforcement. Our community can organize to play an important role in managing traffic safety.

Pedestrian Safety during Disaster Response and Recovery

cone with chain connectorResidents that evacuated want to return to see what damage has occurred to their personal property. This is understandable. However, debris is strewn everywhere. Accidents are likely to occur in this scenario

Disaster Recovery crews are working hard to ensure residents are not trapped or lying injured in their homes. Cleanup crews are trying to act quickly so emergency vehicles can move freely through the streets. Residents are tired and emotional, but, feel compelled to check on their homes. This is a very dangerous time.

Pedestrian Safety During Road Construction

During the construction process, traffic patterns will be disrupted. This is due to a combination of temporary routes and detours. Traffic safety products are required to meet the requirements identified in Traffic Control Plans.

Pedestrian Safety in small public venues

plastic crowd control postCrowd Control can be challenging for even the smallest of venues, such as signup for Little League Baseball or a voting booth. However, the simple act of creating an easy to identify lane for people to follow can address this challenge.

Since people will instinctively arrange their movement using the site of a simple obstacle. small crowds can be managed with lightweight devices. A line can be easily created, providing a visual path for the small crowd to follow. The result is order rather than chaos.

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At Traffic Safety Direct, we provide traffic safety products to keep workers, volunteers and citizens safe in varying situations. Contact us at Traffic Safety Direct and let us know how we may be able to assist you.

Alternative Barricades for Safety at Road Construction Sites

During the construction process, traffic patterns will be disrupted. This is due to a combination of temporary routes and detours. Traffic safety products are required to meet the requirements identified in Traffic Control Plans.

To help identify the different zones of a road construction site, barricades are used. There are many different barricades products. Below we cover popular alternative barricades used at a road construction site to manage detours and modified traffic patterns.

Water Fillable Barricades

water filled barricadeThe best uses for Water Fillable Barricades are temporary work zones, Road Detours, Sporting Events, Construction Projects, Demolition Areas, Theme Parks, Airports, Parking Garages.

These water fillable barricades are light weight and can conform to any road way design. No heavy machinery is needed to install. But, they can be picked up by a forklift.

Breakaway Barricades Type III

breakaway barricade Type IIIThe Breakaway Barricades Type III are NCHRP 350 compliant. There are two pieces that are comprised of a top U channel that snaps into the second piece, which is the bottom base.

They never rust or splinter. Ballasting is with water (warmer climates), sand or sandbags. So they are quick and easy to set-up or take down.

Classic Folding barricade

classic folding barricadeThen there is the Classic Folding Barricade that are the standard for high quality traffic barricades. Since these are plastic, they are a safer alternative and have a lower liability than metal or wooden barricades. They come with provisions for mounting light.

A-Frame Barricade (leg)

A Frame BarricadePlastic A-frame barricades take the place of their wooden counterparts reducing liability and operational expense. A-frame legs accept 2″ x 8″ planks and have holes built-in for mounting warning lights.

Planks come in 8′ lengths as well as reflective sheeting options. Customize your barricades for identification and added theft deterrent. Conforms to M.U.T.C.D.
Note: You need 2 legs and 1 plank to make a set.

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At Traffic Safety Direct, we provide traffic safety products to keep the road construction sites safe for the workers and citizens. Contact us at Traffic Safety Direct and let us know how we may be able to assist you.

Hard Hats are Critical to Worker Safety

It seems we cannot take a drive down a highway or pass through a major city without seeing active construction projects. Seeing the final improvements when these projects are completed will be great. But what is even more important is that no one gets hurt. That is where protective construction worker gear comes in.

One of the most important is the hard hat.

As stated in History of Hard Hats

Before there was serious hard hats, standards and regulations, workers used to smear their hats with tar and let them to dry in the sun. That was a custom of dock workers whose job was always bringing them in to possibility to be hit in the head from objects that would fall from the decks of the ships or from the objects that the seagulls would drop because they have characteristic to pick about anything that look edible and then to drop it from the air when they find out that it is not.

hard hat traffic safety directToday, ANSI specifies different classifications to meet issues beyond impact, such as penetration protection and protection against different levels of voltage charges.

Traffic Safety Direct offers hard hats that meet the following specifications:

  • Smooth dome design with low profile desired by most industry professionals
  • 6 point ratchet suspension
  • Designed to withstand temperature variances, humidity, and exposure to UV light for long-lasting wear
  • Meets ANSI Z89.1 Type 1, Class C, G and E

As we discussed in our previous post Traffic Safety Products to Help Keep the Construction Site Safe

Planning is critical for maintaining safety for the public and the workers before, during and after road construction. Traffic Control Plans and Internal Traffic Control Plans will be necessary, and often required. This planning process will highlight the need for traffic safety products.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we provide the equipment necessary to keep construction workers and public citizens safe during construction projects, which are occurring throughout the United States.

Contact us at Traffic Safety Direct to assist you with equipping your people on the construction site.

Installation and Use of a Rubber Speed Hump

Rubber speed humps safely slow vehicle speed while maintaining traffic flow. This can be a crucial requirement on private community roads and commercial parking lots to reduce risk of traffic accidents.

Commercial Parking Lots

For any business responsible for a commercial parking lot, it is critical to understand State and Federal requirements. In our previous post Requirements on a Small Business Regarding Public Accommodations for Disabled Persons we discussed the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and how  it includes reasonable accommodations and accessibility for employees, and the public, with disabilities.

In addition, reducing risk to pedestrians and vehicles in a commercial parking lot must also be high priority. The business should do its due-diligence to maintain public safety.  Installing speed humps can greatly assist the reduction of traffic accident risk.

Private Roads in Gated Communities

A road may be owned and maintained by the Home Owners’ Association (HOA) within a gated community. Great responsibility comes along with owning a road. Along with maintenance and snow removal, it is also the responsibility of the HOA to control the speed of the motorists.

Many communities that manage private roads prefer to keep the speed limit at 20 miles per hour or less. A vehicle traveling at a speed greater than 15 or 20 MPH can prove to be a hazard to the residents of the community. A speed hump that is designed to reduce speed without being harmful to the moving vehicle is an excellent solution.

Rubber Speed Hump

A rubber speed hump is a modular device that safely slows vehicle speed while maintaining smooth traffic flow. Speed Humps provide a gradual hump, while still effectively reducing speed to 15 or 20 miles per hour.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we offer rubber speed humps constructed from 100% recycled tires. Our speed hump flexible design conforms to the contour of virtually any road surface. For more information, contact us at 888-260-3246

Below is an excellent video showing the ease of installing a Rubber Speed Hump: