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Since 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and the Midwest. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation and Budweiser provide this program to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel and risking the lives of other motorists. Tow to Go also enables AAA and Budweiser to remind the public to always plan ahead when celebrating with alcohol. That means choosing a Designated Driver, staying where you are celebrating, or arranging for another form of safe transportation.

Free confidential ride available to AAA Members and non-members.

The AAA tow truck transports the vehicle and driver home or somewhere safe within 10 miles of the picked up location.    Tow to Go is provided in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only) and Wisconsin (Wausau only) Call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO

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Again, this is a free service!

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TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES

 

Orange cones and barrels are used to direct the flow of traffic in work zones. Do not steer into or run over these objects. You will be responsible for any damage to your vehicle if you make contact with construction cones or barrels.

 

CONSIDER THE COLORFUL HISTORY OF TRAFFIC CONES

 

At a time of year when road crews are busy improving Florida’s highways and roads, it’s hard to imagine a world without traffic safety cones.  There was such a time in the 1940s, as roads and automobile traffic spread across the nation. Engineers needed a device to keep traffic merging safely and to protect those building roads.

In 1940, Charles D. Scanlon, a Los Angeles street department painter designed a “safety marker” to keep cars away from painted lines on city roads, according to the Traffic Safety Store.  Before Scanlon’s bright-orange idea, traffic markers were wooden barriers that could damage vehicles and were hard to move and store. By 1947, Interstate Rubber Products Corp. began manufacturing traffic cones of molded rubber sheets.

Highway traffic cones are 18 to 28 inches tall, according to standards set by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  Florida Construction Workers use thousands of cones for highway projects and at crashes to create tapered lane closures. All thanks to Charles D. Scanlon, father of traffic cone.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ORANGE DIAMONDS

 

Look out for the orange diamonds! Several of these signs will be placed alongside the roadway well before the actual construction zone to warn drivers. As soon as you see a “work zone ahead” sign, reduce your speed and be on the lookout for workers, machinery and obstacles.

SPEEDING FINES DOUBLE IN WORK ZONES

 

SPEEDING FINES DOUBLE IN WORK ZONES

 

Double fines are put in place in most work zones as an incentive for drivers to reduce their speed and follow all traffic regulations. If you are issued a traffic citation within a work zone that has a double fine warning posted, the cost of your ticket will be multiplied by two. Ouch!

Please drive slow and make sure you are giving the construction workers space to do what they need to do safely. Thank you!

VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGNS (VMS) ANOTHER TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE

VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGNS (VMS) ANOTHER TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE

 

Variable Message Signs (VMS) are traffic control devices used to provide motorists current traveler information. They are commonly installed on full-span overhead sign bridges, post-mounted on roadway shoulders, and overhead cantilever structures. The information is most often displayed in real-time and can be controlled either from a remote centralized location or locally at the construction site.

VMS are designed to affect motorist behavior to improve traffic flow and operations. Traveler information displayed on VMS may be generated as a result of a planned or unplanned event, which is programmed or scheduled by operations personnel.

 

Examples of traveler information include:

  • Travel times between known destinations
  • Congestion conditions along a freeway corridor
  • Construction notices
  • Special event notice and motorist instructions
  • Maintenance operations schedule
  • Pending sever weather announcement
  • Incident notification

WHAT IS A REDUCTION IN QUEUE?

WHAT IS A REDUCTION IN QUEUE?

 

 

A Reduction in Queue is an example of some of the most precise craftwork in the traffic control industry, requiring training, discipline, excellent choreography and communication. It is a method of temporary traffic control used to slow or stop traffic as a means of blocking it from a section of a roadway for a short period of time.

The Reduction in Queue controls all lanes of traffic on a given roadway through the use of pacing vehicles. These vehicles coordinate their travel to create a gap in vehicle traffic so construction activities can safely be performed on or near the roadway. This traffic control method is for short-term work such as utility relocation, drilling, placing bridge beams and other construction maneuvers.

Of course, anytime a section of roadway is impacted in this way, traffic delays are inevitable. Accurate and efficient execution of a Reduction in Queue is critical. We appreciate your patience in these traffic controls.

 

 

DO YOU KNOW THE PURPOSE OF ORANGE SIGNS?

Selmon Extension Orange Signs

 

They warn of temporary traffic conditions with a higher than normal potential hazard level. It is used as the background color in temporary traffic control signs and is most commonly seen in construction zones. It is not used as a legend color.

Communicating to busy and often distracted motorists before and within a work zone is crucial to keeping our communities moving safely. Signage is not only a required part of a standard work zone, it’s how we first connect to the traveling public and guide them safely through all types of changes and hazards along their route.

WHY DO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WEAR ORANGE AND YELLOW SAFETY VESTS?

WHY DO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WEAR ORANGE AND YELLOW SAFETY VESTS?

WHY DO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WEAR ORANGE AND YELLOW SAFETY VESTS?

High-visibility safety apparel (HVSA) is clothing (e.g., vests, bibs, or coveralls) that workers wear to improve how well other people “see” them (their visibility). Most often, high-visibility clothing is worn to alert drivers and other vehicle operators of a worker’s presence, especially in low light and dark conditions.

High-visibility items allow the construction worker to be seen by drivers sooner and more readily. This fact increases all construction safety. The human eye responds best to large, contrasting, bright or moving objects. Worker visibility is enhanced by high color contrast between clothing and the work environment against, which it is seen.

If you see Orange and Yellow vests near the roadway, please approach with caution.

 

Safety starts with the driver, but safety does involve everyone!

Safety involves everyone

The safety at a road construction site involves construction laborers, motorists and traffic control employees, who need to take safety precautions while in the work zone. The general public simply wants to pass through a construction zone and continue on their way.

Some people view road construction sites as a hassle, though it’s important to remember that road construction now means better, safer roads. While most drivers in construction traffic are careful to respect lane reductions and restrictions, impatient drivers sometimes try to pass through when it isn’t safe, and can create dangerous situations for other traffic and construction site workers.

 

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