This is article directed at law enforcement. Think of all the times you've had to direct traffic at an intersection when the permanent traffic lights have gone dark due to power outages, mechanical failure or natural disasters. During the day, it's not so bad, but at night, it can be a very dangerous place to be. It's dark, it may be raining, your uniform probably does not have much in the way of reflective material and it's just you, a flashlight and maybe a whistle. But that's your job, to protect and to serve.
These kinds of situations happen quite frequently in the law enforcement and it can quickly take it's toll on available manpower. Only recently has technology advanced to the point to provide an effective and reasonably priced solution that can save lives, both police officers and civilians. The answer are portable traffic signals. For law enforcement, this means that a an officer could easily carry a portable traffic signal device in the trunk of his/her car which could easily be deployed wherever necessary with which to effectively warn and control traffic. It would not need to be stowed away in the car all the time. The portable traffic lights could be stored somewhere in station or the garage normally. In the event of an emergency, one officer can swing by the station, grab one of the traffic lights and head to the scene very quickly.
One portable traffic light, with a four way directional light head can be quickly set up and moved to the center of an intersection to control the flow of traffic. The officer can sit in his/her car, safe from the elements and safe from other vehicles as a pedestrian, controlling the signal with a radio remote control. Because they are battery powered and illuminated with LED's, they can run for hours without any external power source. And if the officer is unable to stay because he/she is needed elsewhere for something more serious, the signal can be set to operate from a built in signal timer, freeing up the officer for more important duties.
It may seem "over the top" or just plain crazy, but the reality is that portable traffic signals can be of a great benefit to law enforcement. From a personal safety issue alone, the deployment of portable traffic lights are easily justified. From the standpoint of manpower and labor costs, a portable traffic signal can easily pay for itself many times over in the course of a few years. They are definitely worth a long, hard look. Get out of the rain and let technology make your life easier and safer.
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