State College, PA – January 20, 2010
All Traffic Solutions, the leader in solutions for traffic safety outcomes, is pleased to announce the winners of the Traffic Safety Grant – an award of a radar speed display to the school (s) that best identifies traffic safety issues on or near their campus and clearly articulates how data captured by a radar speed display could significantly improve the safety of its community. All K-12 schools in the nation were eligible to apply.
“The grant submissions,” according to Scott Johnson, Vice President of All Traffic Solutions, “were outstanding. We had schools submit You Tube videos, Google earth satellite images of their campus, and many chilling stories of near-fatalities involving speeding cars in a school zone.” Because of the high quality of the applications, All Traffic Solutions awarded two grants: one to Eustace Independent School District in Eustace, TX, and the other to Lee County School District in Fort Myers, FL.
Johnson continues, “A common factor across the applications was the shortage of police traffic resources within a community. Without enforcement, school zone speed requirements go unchecked. While a radar speed display does not replace a traffic safety officer, having a display dedicated to a school district will deliver critical data to the police department on the times of day when speeding occurs the most and the volume of traffic that disregards the posted speed limit. With this information, a police force can efficiently deploy resources at the right time thereby making the school zone safer.”
In addition to improving the safety of the students through speed reduction, the signs will play an important role in the education programs of local police departments. Award winner Lee County School District struggles with an influx of seasonal residents for about six months of the year. As the “snowbirds” begin to arrive, the police launch communication campaigns reminding drivers that school is in session. Lee County hopes to see an increase in school zone safety when the new radar speed display is deployed and plans to share the data from the signs with the local police department, the mayor’s office and city council.
Public ceremonies of the grant awards are being scheduled for the spring.
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All Traffic Solutions Marketing Manager
Calder Square, PO Box 10085
State College, PA 16805-0085
814-237-9005 Ext. 205