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Monthly Archives: December 2012

  • Speed Camera Tickets Get Mixed Reviews

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    The State of Maryland seems a little bipolar when it comes to the issue of speed cameras for ticketing.

     

    On one hand, it seems to be working, slowing motorists down in work zones.

     

    In a Frederick News Post article originally published December 17, A review of state data by AAA Mid-Atlantic shows that by the end of November, the state had used mobile speed cameras to hand out more than 365,000 tickets in work zones. But that number was down from nearly 500,000 the year prior, with a significant decrease in highway work zones in general.

     

    John Townsend of AAA noted that crashes, fatalities and injuries are all down since the speed camera program was implemented.

     

    On the other hand, more than 40 percent of all speed camera tickets issued to drivers in Maryland highway work zones have been doled out between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., times when crews often aren’t on the job, as reported by the Baltimore Sun.

     

    Over 24 hours, the tally rises and falls like a wave. The highest number of tickets was issued between 11 a.m. and noon — nearly 102,000. The low point came between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., with only 359 tickets for exceeding the speed limit by at least 12 mph.

     

    The numbers don’t surprise Eric Tabacek, division chief in the highway administration’s Office of Traffic and Safety. He says two key factors affect citation volume: congestion and the number of cars on the highway. “Once you get a mix of free flow of a lot of traffic,” he said, “that’s when you get a lot of tickets.” That corresponds with the middle of the day.

     

    Critics have complained that it’s unfair to ticket drivers when job sites are idle. Sen. Jim Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat, has sponsored legislation to limit enforcement to times when work crews are present. More than 435,000 of the $40 tickets have been issued from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

     

    But Laurie Moser is against the bill. In 2007 her husband, state highway worker Richard W. Moser, was fatally struck by a truck while leading a maintenance team near Frederick. She wonders how many deaths the cameras have prevented and has no sympathy for speeders.

     

    “The real point is there are people who are consistently breaking the law,” she said in an interview. “Whether they want to acknowledge it, they increase our risk every single day.”

     

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    Check out these and other sale items from Hi Vis Supply, through the end of 2012.

     

    The Brilliant Series bomber jacket, from ML Kishigo, offers a distinctive advantage over standard bomber jackets. The jacket features reflective piping on the collar, shoulders, hood and sleeve seams - all offering increased visibility in low light conditions. The reflective piping improves recognition of the wearer by distinguishing their silhouette from the other stationary objects around them. The durable shell is waterproof and is seam sealed for further protection from wet conditions. The 2" wide 3M Scotchlite reflective material is further enhanced by the 3" contrast color striping.

     

    The jacket also utilizes a black bottom design which helps the jacket maintain a clean appearance by incorporating durable, black material in the areas which most frequently become dirty.

     

    The Brilliant Series bomber jacket is good for a wide range of weather conditions because it includes a removable black quilted liner. The jacket also includes: hidden collar hood, adjustable cuffs, left chest radio pocket, two outside lower slash pockets with zippers and an inside wallet pocket. Available in both high visibility Lime and Orange; sizes M-5XL. ANSI/ISEA 107 Class 3 compliant.

  • A Work Zone Safety Video from VDOT

    We all know that workers in work zones have dangerous jobs. however, David Rush of VDOT says that 4 out of 5 fatalities in work zone related crashes are to drivers and passengers, not to workers.

    In this video, Rush offers ways to navigate work zones safely:

    • Avoid distracted driving - using cell phones, eating and drinking, messing with the radio or the kids in the backseat.
    • Be alert - pay attention to the cars and traffic around you, especially the car in front of you.
    •  Make sure you obey the posted speed limit and realize there will be stopped vehicles.
    • Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

     

    Know the differences between the uses of police, flaggers and advanced warning signs:

    • Flaggers are used when lanes are closed.
    • Electronic arrows are used when lanes are closed on multi-lane roads.
    • Law enforcement is generally present and used on high-speed roadways.

     

    Remember, fines are typically doubled if found speeding through these areas, and for speeds 20 mph over the limit, you may be cited for reckless driving and possible jailtime, and always be on the lookout for traffic workers wearing either the orange or yellow hi-visibility safety vests.

    ml-kishigo-96701ML Kishigo 9670/9671 Hi Vis Fleece Lined Bomber Jacket
     

    The fleece lined bomber jacket features a durable, waterproof shell with a fleece liner and fleece lined hood. In addition to the high visibility color material, the jacket also utilizes black material in the areas which most commonly get dirty - helping the jacket maintain a bright and clean appearance. The fleece lined hood is both removable and can also be hidden. Other features of the jacket include: 2" wide 3M Scotchlite reflective material, right chest wallet pocket, left chest radio pocket, zipper slash side pockets and drawstring hood. Available in high visibility Lime and Orange; sizes M-5XL. ANSI/ISEA Class 3 compliant.

  • NETS Releases Benchmark Study on Fleets and Mobile Devices

     

    A group out of Washington, DC, called NETS (The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety), was established in 1989 and is dedicated to improving the safety of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur on and off the job.

     

    NETS recently released a 2012 fleet safety study. This study revealed that the safest automobile fleets check phone and text records after accidents and maintain written policies restricting the use of mobile devices. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto accidents remain the number one cause of workplace death and injury, costing employers in excess of $60 billion annually.

     

    STRENGTH IN NUMBERS is the name of this fleet safety benchmarking study and it's the largest examination of fleet vehicle safety ever conducted by the organization. According to the study involving a collective fleet of 521,000 vehicles and 9.8 billion miles traveled:

    ■Nearly 50 percent of participating companies were in the Fortune 500

    ■Tracking completions of on-going driver training on a fleet safety scorecard

    ■Conducting commentary drives (ride-alongs) with new-hires and high-risk drivers

    ■Communicating fleet safety messages via senior-management presentations at meetings

     

    NETS’ annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet safety benchmark study includes the collection of miles driven and collisions by type of vehicle and by country. Injury data are collected for the USA and the UK and respondents also are surveyed on more than twenty-five fleet safety program elements.

    The STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet safety benchmarking study:

    • Brings together companies to collaborate and compare findings
    • All types of companies - large or small, U.S. or global, public or private
    • Participants collect standardized data over a 12-month period, analyze and compares in terms of crash frequencies taking into consideration road safety policies, driver training programs and crash review practices

     

    This study is then used to improve a company's individual fleet safety performance. For more information on the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet benchmark program or to become a participant, visit the NETS website at www.trafficsafety.org

     

    NETS members, representing the pharmaceutical, electric utilities, oil and gas, insurance, food and beverage and other industries, meet annually to discuss the benchmark results and other key road safety topics such as cell phone policies, training and post-crash review processes and the use of in-vehicle monitoring.

     

    “Through this benchmarking process, we’re able to learn about  common elements among the leading companies and also have the opportunity to network and discuss specific challenges and share successes with other fleet safety professionals,” said Sandra Lee, Director of Worldwide Fleet Safety for Johnson & Johnson, and Chair of the NETS Board of Directors. “This is what makes the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS benchmarking study such an invaluable process.”

     

    NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal government and the private sector. Participating companies include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, Shell International Petroleum Company, B.V. and UPS, as well as federal liaisons from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

     

    For more information on NETS, visit http://trafficsafety.org/ or contact [email protected]

  • Hi-vis Gear for Pedestrians and Bikers

    When it comes to hi visibility apparel, like high vis safety vests, beanies and high-vis jackets, other countries such as Australia, and especially The United Kingdom, are far more concerned with pedestrians staying safe than we are here in the United States. Fact of the matter is, they simply take to the streets on foot and bike more than we do. They have a culture that takes to walking and other modes of transportation, like bicycling, far more easier than we do. Which leads to the question: Do they simply lead more healthier lifestyes than Americans, or is it that gas prices have ben so high there for so long, or is it that their infrastructure is more designed to accomodate walkers and bikers with hi-vis vests and clothing?

    Check out this article recently published in The Independent on the 10 Best High-Vis Gear for the U.K.

    Pedestrians and bicyclists should consider the ML Kishigo P Series Mesh Vest. It's affordable and lightweight. This economy mesh vest features 3" Velcro front closure, comfortable cotton trim, and 3/4" elastic side closures for a universal one size fits most. Available with or without reflective tape.

    Be seen to be safe is more than just a clever tagline - it is a proven fact. There are many work zone and roadside distractions which can draw a driver’s attention away from your presence. High visibility safety vests improve your ability to bee seen by bringing you back into the driver’s focus. Browse ANSI compliant vests suitable for use in daytime and low light conditions. Find a vest that is right for you - ANSI Class 2, ANSI Class 3, Public Safety, Flame Resistant, non-ANSI, Surveyors, and Incident Command. Choose Hi-Vis Supply for your hi-visibility vests and all of your hivis needs.

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