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Traffic Safety Direct is your first choice for signs & safety
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In early March, President Trump announced he would invoke a legal provision that allows him to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum. Since then, a series of changing policy decisions has led to uncertainty about if and when the proposed tariffs will be implemented, and how they might impact the U.S. and countries around the world.
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Regular traffic sign maintenance is a must, and Traffic Safety Direct has the materials and expertise you need to keep your streets safe. Contact us anytime and let us know how we can help.
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Spring’s arrival means more drivers are on the road. When the weather warms up, people are eager to dine out, attend concerts, take road trips and enjoy the local sights. Unfortunately, more vehicle traffic also means an increased chance of accidents.

Springtime typically signals the start of highway construction projects and road repair work as well. Roadway work zones are hazardous for motorists who have to navigate lane and speed changes and the complex array of signs and markers. The workers who build, repair and maintain our streets, bridges and highways are also at risk. On average, more than 700 people in the U.S. lose their lives each year in work zone crashes, and thousands more are seriously injured.
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Without regular maintenance to keep pavement, shoulders and drainage facilities in good condition, roadways can rapidly fall into disrepair. Neglected roads become more difficult to use for individuals and commercial freight services, often leading to more congestion, higher accident rates and increased vehicle operating costs.

Preventative maintenance such as road sealing and repairing defects promptly is critical to extending pavement life. S
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Construction zones have become a familiar sight on highways and in cities and towns across the country. These work zones are often hazardous for motorists and pedestrians trying to navigate them and for the workers who build, repair, and maintain our streets, bridges, and buildings. The Federal Highway Administration estimates there were 96,626 crashes in highway work zones in 2015, an increase of 42% over 2013.

When construction or work sites have potentially dangerous conditions, it is important to alert motorists and pedestrians who are traveling nearby. Traffic signs are a vital tool for preventing accidents and injury, as well as ensuring the safety of the crews working in these hazardous, fast-paced environments.
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For many of us, getting behind the wheel of a car is arguably the riskiest thing we do each day. And while the media is focused on the dangers of distracted driving, the truth is there are numerous factors that can increase or decrease the likelihood of getting into an accident.

More Accidents Happen After Dark
When it comes to driver safety, the time of day plays an important role. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that most accidents occur between 6 and 9 p.m. This is due in part to hazards that are compounded at night. According to statistics, instances of drunk driving and speeding increase significantly after dark, and fatigue, inclement weather, and diminished vision also can make it more dangerous to be on the road at night.
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The regulation from the Department of Transportation (DOT) on conspicuity material, referred to as DOT C2, states that each trailer of 80 or more inches overall width, and with a GVWR over 10,000 lbs., must have retro-reflective sheeting, such as reflective tape. (trailer designation comes with some additional stipulations such as date of manufacturing, etc)

All vehicles sold in the United States have factory equipped and legally required devices helping them to be visible in low light and inclement weather.
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This regulation increases the safety records of large trucks. A truck that is over 10,000 pounds and wider than 80 inches must apply conspicuity tape to the trailer. The reflective tape must meet DOT's conspicuity tape requirements.
DOT Conspicuity Tape Requirements
DOT Conspicuity Tape Requirements
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Helping to increase safety records of large trucks are regulations covering the conspicuity of the truck. The word "conspicuity" means that which is very obvious to the eye (like something that is conspicuous from a distance). In this case, conspicuity refers to a truck being able to draw attention to its presence.
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Private communities can consider alternatives, such as speed bumps, pedestrian signs and citizen education to deter drivers exceeding safe speed levels for areas with active pedestrians and cyclists.

Regulations differ, so the municipality and other governing bodies of the community must be contacted by the Home Owners’ Association to ensure compliance is adhered.
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