School Zones present a number of challenges to both pedestrians and drivers. Driving in these areas requires an increased awareness of the surrounding environment, particularly with small children wandering into the road from behind parked vehicles or other obstacles.
School Zone Series VATCS are installed to work in tandem with existing school zone static regulatory signage, and are targeted at specific drivers travelling above a pre-determined safe speed threshold.
Drivers are not informed what speed they are travelling, rather they are advised of either the posted speed limit or school diagram (or an alternating combination of both messages) with request to SLOW DOW, further enhanced by dynamic flashing pairs of horizontal corner beacons.
VATCS employ microwave Doppler radar to detect vehicle approach speeds and use diagrams sizes and colors that are in line with the MUTCD to ensure a consistent and clear road speed management strategy.
Importantly the VATCS are not a replacement for static regulatory signage or to be used as a repeater they are a speed targeted supplementary advisory device.
Model Specific to Hazard and Road Speed - one size doesn’t fit all
A full range of School Zone Series VATCS models are available in 30” (600 x 600) and 24 x 30” (600 x 750) sizes ensuring the sign is appropriate for the road speed. The signs are also available in dual diagram model options allowing automated schedule operation by time of day.
Independently proven - long term effective
4mp/7kph reduction on average speeds maintained after 3 years - TRL 548 report 1/3rd drop in accident rates after 3 years-TRL 548 report
Dynamic Corner Beacons - attract drivers attention but keep message clear
An important feature of VATCS is recognising that drivers have a limited time to read and react to a warning message. This is why VATCS incorporate dynamic flashing beacons in each corner of the display to attract driver’s attention whilst importantly maintaining the warning message steady for 3 seconds.
MUTCD compliant - consistent approach
VATCS are in full compliance with the MUTCD and where deployed support a clear, consistent speed management strategy of already recognized static regulatory signs.
VATCS is the only traffic calming display technology that has been federally field tested on a large scale to prove long term effectiveness, with driver respect of the technology being maintained over a 5 year period.
Targeted Message - Drivers won't tune out and respond well to reasoned message
When not active VATCS blend into the background, drivers are only provided a warning when their speed dictates it to be necessary. It is proven that the best overall driver behavior change is attained when drivers see the message is reasoned and well thought out.
Clear Message - Drivers informed of speed limit or School hazard and requirement to Slow Down
Importantly drivers aren’t told what speed they are travelling at, rather when required they are clearly informed of the posted speed limit in effect at the school zone and the requirement for them to slow down to comply.
In addition to TRL548 report, dynamic curve warning VATCS displays were also selected to be nationally tested by FHWA across 8 states and VATCS are steadily becoming the common sense approach of choice for display based traffic calming across North America.
All VATCS come as standard with NEMA Type 6P modular plug and play install kit allowing simple and secure band mounted mechanical install and electrical connection. No special tools required for setup.