Greenwich, CT works to ensure that the roads around its schools are safe for students with Traffic Logix SafePace 100 speed signs and school zone beacon system.
A picturesque town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Greenwich has been ranked #1 by CNN and Money on its list of the hundred best places to live in the US. The upscale community is family friendly and is dedicated to the safety of its youngest citizens.
Greenwich has long had safety measures in place to keep traffic moving at a safe pace around its schools and to keep students safe as they arrive and depart each day. The primary solutions used around Greenwich schools in the past were overhead “Your Speed” signs that were hung on span wire over roadways. However, these models were outdated and the highway division was having trouble obtaining parts and conducting maintenance on them.
The Town was in need of:
New speed display signs that were highly visible and easy to maintain
Signs that could be configured with flashing beacons to enhance driver awareness of school zones
The ability to collect data on driver behaviour with user friendly reports
Remote sign management so that all of the schools’ signs could be programmed from one location without the need to visit each individual sign
With a clear idea of the type of solutions they wanted to install in their school zones, Greenwich was on the lookout for signs that would provide the features they needed. Jim Michael, the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, noticed several effective Your Speed signs installed in nearby communities as he drove to work each day and requested that the Town find similar solutions for their own roads.
Melissa Evans, the Traffic Operations Coordinator for Greenwich, obtained several quotes for speed display signs with school zone beacons that she thought could meet the Town’s needs, including from Traffic Logix. Greenwich has used Traffic Logix speed humps in the past and was already familiar with the company’s excellent reputation and customer service.
“We found pretty similar specs and pricing on a couple solutions but we chose Traffic Logix because we’ve worked with them in the past and knew we could count on them. Not only are their products well engineered and industry leading, but their customer service is just outstanding. That’s what really sold us on the SafePace signs,” said Ms. Evans.
The SafePace 100 radar signs being installed at the Greenwich schools offer:
Exceptional visibility of the LED digits so that drivers can clearly see their speeds
Lightweight, compact design that is easy to install and doesn’t obstruct driver or resident views
Speed violator strobe and flashing digits to alert drivers who exceed threshold speeds
Flashing beacons to alert drivers that they are in a school zone
Data collection that offers valuable traffic data and reports for analysis
Remote management via the SafePace Cloud so that data from all the signs can be viewed and programmed from anywhere with an internet connection
The new driver feedback signs have been met with enthusiasm by the company as they allow them to apply the same high standards to transporting vehicles out of the plant as the company does to the rest of the production process.
One of the managers of operations at the plant commented, “it’s really great how we can download the data and share it with team members to show them how well they are doing. The response to the signs has been excellent; they have really been well received here as part of our protocol for excellence.”
The signs are currently in use at two branches of the manufacturing plants and reports are generated and discussed weekly. The company has found that in most cases the cars were already being driven with the care and precision they expected from their team members.
In situations where someone is found to be driving over the threshold speed, intervention is conducted immediately to ensure that the team member is aware of the issue and is taking measures to improve.
The SafePace 100 signs
Provide the leading Japanese car manufacturer with an effective way to monitor driver behaviour
Instill team members with a sense of awareness of the speeds they are driving at
Notify drivers who exceed thresholds immediately with flashing digits and/or strobes
Allow management to actively review driving performance and ensure that it meets with the unsurpassed standards of the car manufacturer