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STC fields LED 3M speed signs thru Safe Routes to School Grant

TEMPE, AZ - 01/02/2009 - Solar Traffic Controls has been awarded a radar speed sign project for the town of Gilbert, AZ. Funds for the project came from a Safe routes to School grant administered by Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

The project required furnishing equipment for four radar speed signs in areas around schools in an effort to get drivers to slow down. Timing coincided with release of the new 3M Driver Feedback Urban (DFBU) which was employed for the project. The sign features an LED display with both yellow and red characters, steady or flashing display and auto night dimming. The sign also includes white LED lamps used with a strobe function to simulate a photo flash. The sign also features a scheduling function, data logging, high-speed blanking and user adjustable thresholds. Units are configured for 12 VDC operation and are solar friendly.

Gilbert opted to install all solar units for the first project. STC designed the solar power systems to run the signs 24/7. Three of the speed signs were installed on existing light poles around the school zones; one installation is yet to be determined.

About Safe Routes to School
Arizona Department of Transportation-administered Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, is a federally funded initiative designed to give K-8 students easier and healthier ways to travel safely to and from school. "By encouraging kids to walk and bike to school and making it safe to do so, we can reduce traffic and pollution around schools, parents can save on gas, good health habits are instilled, kids arrive alert and ready to learn...the benefits are so multi-faceted," said Paul Katan, the SRTS program coordinator for Prescott Alternative Transportation which has received two grants through the program.
About Solar Traffic Controls
Solar Traffic Controls (STC) designs and manufactures solar-powered traffic control systems for city, state and federal DOTs. Its primary products are solar-powered flashing beacon systems used for school zones and 24-hour applications. Go solar: STC's equipment and services will save you time, effort and money.


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