Archive for May, 2009

Nearly 40 Million Drivers Expected to Hit the Road Memorial Day Weekend

Nearly 40 Million Drivers Expected to Hit the Road Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is the Third Most Perilous Holiday for Vehicular Traffic. Radarsign Reminds Drivers How-to Keep Roads Safe for Holiday Fun

Alpharetta, GA – May 2009 — Nearly forty million drivers are expected to fill highways and byways this coming holiday weekend according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Memorial Day weekend is the third most perilous holiday for vehicular traffic. Thanksgiving holds the number one spot, with Independence Day at number two. Labor Day and New Year’s Eve round out the top five.

Radarsign (http://www.radarsign.com), the leading manufacturer and retailer of driver feedback signs, today released TEN TIPS TO ROAD SAFETY as vacationers hit the streets.

1. Don’t drive drowsy. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Report on Drowsy Driving, 100,000 reported crashes, 71,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths every year are attributed to drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Add to that heavy holiday traffic and you have a recipe for disaster. If you are feeling drowsy, get off the road.

2. Wear your seat belt. The DOT reports fifty percent of all vehicular deaths could have been prevented with seat belts.

3. Signal your intentions. Every move you make on the road impacts the decisions and actions of others. By signaling your intention to turn or change lanes, you ensure others are alert to your movements.

4. Do not tailgate. Leave a distance equal to one car’s length for every ten miles per hour. For example, if you are traveling fifty miles an hour, you should fall back a distance equal to five car lengths from the vehicle in front of you.

5. Move away from tailgaters. Many drivers attempt to "teach" a lesson to tailgaters by tapping their brakes telling the other driver to back off. Tailgaters typically exercise poor judgment and endanger themselves and others – especially when challenged. The best thing to do is move out of the way and let the tailgater safely pass you.

6. Avoid standing water. If you must drive through water, do so slowly and avoid sudden use of your brakes, turning too sharply or excessive acceleration. If you do hydroplane (an instance where the tread cannot channel the rainwater from under your tires), do not hit the brakes. Reduce your speed by taking your foot off the accelerator and turning the wheel in the direction you want to travel.

7. Know pedestrian rights. Always be aware of pedestrians at intersections and remember pedestrians have the right of way.

8. Turn on your headlights when visibility is low. The sobering statistic is that while only 25% of the miles we drive are at night, about 50% of the fatalities occur in the darkness–25,000 people each year.

9. Obey the speed limit. A difference of only five miles an hour can be the difference between life and death.

10. Stay alert! Talking on a cell phone, texting, reading maps – even listening to voice-directed GPS systems – can distract you from the road and lead to accidents.

"Every eighteen seconds a U.S. driver is involved in an auto accident and every 11 minutes someone dies in a car crash." said Charlie Robeson, co-Founder of Radarsign. "Road safety is a serious issue; that’s why Radarsigns are affordable enough to be purchased by anyone and flexible enough to be put anywhere speeding is a problem. In the meantime, we hope everyone follows these driver safety tips and has a happy and safe holiday weekend."

About Radarsign

Radarsign is the country’s most affordable, reliable and personal provider of driver feedback signs. Delivering the most energy efficient products on the market and a "built-for-the-job" design, Radarsigns are the most dependable and easy-to-use traffic calming solution. Radarsign products are available in a variety of sizes and mounting options (pole-mounted, mobile stand, trailer-hitch mount, etc.) and provide a proven and affordable solution to calming traffic in neighborhoods, school zones, military and corporate campuses, as well as city streets and highways. For more information visit: www.radarsign.com

Business Security Tips

Business Security Tips:

· Follow the same tips for crime prevention as listed in security for your home. (Alarms, Lighting, Locks etc.) A cheap lock is cheap security.

· Hire employee’s who are trustworthy and respectable. Background checks are a valuable tool! Many thefts from businesses come from “inside jobs!” Know your employees!

· Hire security patrols that will check your business several times a night. If your business is open 24 hours, a security guard CAN detour crime, depending on the security service, and on the individual security guard.

· Grocery stores and drugstores that leave plants and merchandise out all night? You may as well put a sign up that says, “take me”. If you don’t have someone watching it or if you don’t have it locked up, don’t count on it being there in the morning.

· Violence in the workplace is an ever-increasing problem that often ends in deadly tragedy. Disgruntled employee’s, ex-employees, or estranged relatives connected in a web of domestic violence? You had better take these possibilities seriously! Contact your local police department for further information or awareness training that may be offered to your business!

· Make sure that you are listed with your local police agency in their “commercial index”. All too often we respond in the middle of the night for an alarm, break in, or fire, with no listing of a company representative to contact for an emergency response. You can provide commercial index information over the phone. Please take a minute to do it!

· Make sure that roof access vents are locked! Many burglars consider this an easy way in and we sure as heck can’t see them from a patrol car! Further information regarding alarm systems is listed under the chapter addressing alarms.

Vehicle Security Tips

Vehicle Security:

Many of the suggestions for Vehicle security are similar to those for your home.

· Keep your vehicle locked anytime that it is unattended. Windows up and locked! Even if it is inside your garage. You leave your garage door open that one time, and someone will enter both the garage and your car! Many thefts from vehicles occur while it is parked in the garage. Additionally, many thefts of the vehicle itself occur the same way. A good crook can hot wire your car in less than 20 seconds and be gone! Many of the car thefts reported to us are for vehicles that were left unlocked with the keys in the ignition!

· Get an alarm system! Most crooks will bypass a vehicle that has that little red light flashing signaling that an alarm system is present.

· Keep all valuables out of sight. Yes I know it’s a pain to carry your day to day stuff inside, especially if you live in an apartment complex, but don’t leave your cell phones and laptop computers in PLAIN VIEW! At least lock them out of sight in the trunk.

· There is no excuse for leaving a wallet, checkbook, or purse inside your car. If you’ve ever had to go through the pain of canceling all your accounts and credit cards, and replacing all the locks on your house because your spare house keys were inside, you’ll never make this mistake again!

· If you don’t have a garage, park in well lighted areas. Remember, crooks hate well lit areas. If you park in your driveway install motion lights in the area where you normally park.

· Anti vehicle theft devices such as a fuel or electrical shut off, are invaluable if you want to ensure that someone never takes your car without you knowing about it.

Crime Prevention Tips

Crime Prevention:

· Make sure that EVERY external door and lock has a Sturdy and well installed DEAD BOLT LOCK. Standard key locks are not enough security against intrusion.

· Sliding glass doors can offer EASY access if they are not properly secured. You can secure them with something as simple as a broomstick or dowel inside the track to jam the door.

· To prevent a sliding glass door from being lifted off the track, drill a hole through the door frame, and the fixed frame. Insert a pin in the hole and that door isn’t going anywhere.

· Lock double hung windows with key locks or “pin” the windows. Drill a small hole into a 45- degree angle between the inner and outer frame, and then install a nail, screw, or pin in the hole.

· Don’t HIDE keys around the house. Anywhere. Give an extra key to a neighbor you trust, or to a relative that may live close by.

· Whenever you move into a NEW house or apartment, re-key the locks.

· A flimsy door is a potential entry for the bad guy. ALL outside doors should be metal or solid wood.

· If your doors don’t fit tightly in their frames, install weather stripping around them.

· Install Peepholes or a wide-angle viewer IN ALL entry doors so that YOU can see whose outside without opening the door. DOOR CHAINS BREAK EASILY AND DO NOT KEEP INTRUDERS OUT!

OUTSIDE YOUR HOME:

· Crooks HATE bright light. Period! Install outside lights and KEEP THEM ON AT NIGHT. If a Crook has a choice, he or she will go to the House of Darkness compared to the well lit home.

· Keep your yard clean! Prune back shrubbery so it doesn’t hide doors or windows. Cut back limbs that a Crook could use to climb up to upper level windows.

· Clearly DISPLAY YOUR HOUSE NUMBERS! On so many calls, valuable time is lost while we try to find your home. It is crucial that We, or other Emergency Vehicles, can find your home QUICKLY. Make sure that the numbers on your house are legible. Put them on your mailbox. Re-paint them on the curb.

· If you live in a rural area, it becomes even more important. Try responding to an assault in progress, in the middle of a foggy night. The dispatcher tells us, that the “PR” (The person reporting) said to turn left at the 5th mailbox on the left after the red barn, and then turn at the driveway just past the old rusty tractor in the field. You think I’m kidding? The only way I found this place was when the Suspect almost hit my car head on as he was fleeing the scene! If you live in a rural area, please clearly mark the numbers and path to take to get to your home.

· If you travel, create the Illusion that you are home. Get TIMERS that will turn lights on and off in all different areas of your home. Lights left on 24 hours a day signify an EMPTY house. Music playing isn’t a bad idea either. Leave shades, blinds, and curtains in normal position.

· Don’t let your Mail or Newspapers pile up. Call the post office to have your mail held until you return. Notify the news carrier to hold your paper delivery as well, OR, have a friend, neighbor, or relative pick it up for you.

· IF you are going away on vacation or are traveling on business, call your local Law Enforcement agency and request a “Vacation House Check” or Extra Patrol. Many people don’t know what a vacation house check is. In my department, citizens can call our dispatch center for a vacation house check, and we ask the following questions.

· When are you leaving.

· When are you returning?

· Will you have an emergency contact number?

· Do you have timers on in the house?

· Do you have an alarm system?

· Person to contact in case of an emergency.

· Do you expect any gardening or pool service?

· Do you have any pets?

· Do you expect anyone to be at the house? House sitters, Pet care, relatives staying over.

· In the event of ANY THEFT, Have the serial numbers and model numbers of your property recorded! This is a topic all in itself. It’s listed later in the text.

· Alarm Systems are one of the most costly ways to secure your home. Unfortunately they are also one of the best. There are different types of systems.

· *Audible. (May or may not be monitored.)

· *Silent. (Usually monitored.)

· *Motion. (May or may not be monitored.)