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‘Culture of safety’ panel featured at Midyear Meeting

Annual meeting outside Chicago includes baseball fundraiser

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ATSSA’s Midyear Meeting features a panel on “Creating a Culture of Safety in the Workplace.”

Panelists include Doug Dolinar of Guidemark Inc., Kathi Holst of D2K Traffic Safety Inc., Chris Brookes of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Cameron Greene of ATSSA. Dave Krahulec of Horizon Signal Technologies will moderate.

The Midyear Meeting will be held Aug. 15-18 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Registration is now available. The hotel block closes July 24.

ATSSA releases connected arrow board benefits resource

Resource is available for free download to help save lives

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Connected arrow boards offer several advantages for work zone safety, a message ATSSA is helping spread through a new one-page flyer available for free download.

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IowaDOT) has required the use of connected arrow boards on all interstate and state highway projects since 2022 as reported in a feature about smart arrow boards in Roadway Safety magazine.

The Connected Arrow Boards flyer was created by the Work Zone ITS Subcommittee of ATSSA’s Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) Committee and approved by the full committee at its February meeting. It notes that more than 3,000 connected arrow boards are already in use on roads and lists seven benefits of the devices.

ATSSA & TRB announce 2024 Traffic Control Device Student Challenge

Contest offers opportunity for students to innovate for the future of roadway safety

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Fredericksburg, Va. (April 17, 2023) – The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices invite students to compete in the 2024 Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge.

The TCD Student Challenge promotes innovation and stimulates ideas in the traffic control devices industry with a goal to improve operations and safety and encourage future generations of roadway safety professionals. As part of the challenge, individuals or student teams submit solutions in the subject area of transportation and roadway safety based on the chosen topic for the year.

This year’s topic is “Innovations to Improve the Nighttime Visibility of Traffic Control Devices.”

Work zone safety and awareness more critical than ever

ATSSA reiterates need for driver attention in work zones following six recent deaths

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ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner expressed his condolences to the families who lost loved ones in last week’s tragic work zone incident in Baltimore County, Md., in which six people were killed.

“ATSSA is deeply saddened by yet another tragedy that resulted in the loss of essential workers within our industry.  More important than being workers, these individuals had families and loved ones they did not return home to. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of Sybil Lee Dimaggio, Carlos Orlando Villatoro Escobar, Jose Armando Escobar, Rolando Ruiz, Mahlon Simmons II and Mahlon Simmons III.”

The six workers were killed March 22 in Maryland while working to improve a roadway and ensure the safety of all road users. 

“This devastating event serves as a stark reminder of the importance of work zone safety and the risks faced by roadway construction workers every day. It is crucial that the industry and the driving public come together to prevent future tragedies like this one from occurring,” Tetschner said.