As Seen on NBC’s Today Show
“They fail repeatedly across the United States, regularly,” said Mike Schram of TrafficGuard, a company that manufactures barriers. But now, new technology could stop cars in their tracks before such accidents occur.
TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen visited the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, where various crash tests are conducted.
Read the full story.
TrafficGuard® First to Adopt ASTM F-3016 Standard for Safety BarriersA moving vehicle can do a lot of damage if it hits something – or someone. Think, for example, of a car crashing into a storefront, or a pickup truck plowing into a farmers market.
To help prevent such tragedies, property owners are encouraged to use barriers (horizontal structures) or bollards (vertical posts anchored in concrete) to create a safe buffer between moving vehicles and vulnerable people and buildings. While anti-terrorist barriers have been designed, tested and installed using a national standard for impact protection, until recently there was no standard for lower-speed vehicle impact scenarios.
Read the full story
TGI Specialties’ ASTM crash tested bollards are designed to withstand low-speed vehicle impact and comply with the ASTM F3016 Standard Test Method for Surrogate Testing of Vehicle Impact Protective Devices at Low Speeds. Because of our efforts, we have received plenty of press coverage for our line of low-speed bollard products. With an increasing amount of press coverage for our products, we hope to subsequently increase awareness of the ongoing developments occurring in the traffic safety industry. Learn more about our testing from press coverage.
NBC DallasNBC Dallas covered Texas A&M Transportation Institute researchers’ efforts to end deadly storefront crashes through the testing of TGI Specialties 30 MPH low-speed bollards. The test vehicle drove at 30 miles per hour directly into the crash tested bollard, which held in place following the impact. Unfortunately, many of the traffic posts currently used for storefront applications aren’t as effective. Read the full story.
The Houston ChronicleThe Houston Chronicle also covered the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s revolutionary developments in traffic safety. Researchers invented a new reusable testing vehicle called a bogey that could effectively test storefront crash barriers, including our low-speed traffic posts. Read the full story.
KSATKSAT-12 in San Antonio discussed whether or not storefront crash barriers are adequate for low-speed crashes. The article also talks about TrafficGuard Direct’s pioneering of bollard testing to meet new ASTM F3016 standards, along with Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s development of their new crash test vehicle. Read the full story.
KBTXKBTX reported on the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s attempts to improve storefront safety and the use of their test vehicle on our low-speed crash tested bollards. Read the full story.
The EagleBryan-College Station newspaper The Eagle also reports on the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s developments in line with our low-speed vehicle barriers. Read the full story.
New Barriers Tested to Keep Vehicles from Entering BuildingsTrafficGuard CEO, Mike Schram, interviewed by Click2Houston on vehicle barrier testing.
Horrifying car crashes, not out on the highway, but inside stores and restaurants, as cars smash their way into buildings.
According to the Storefront Safety Council, it happens 60 times a day in this country, killing 500 people a year, injuring more than 4,000.
Read on to learn how bollards keep vehicles from entering buildings.
Vehicles as Weapons of Terror – Why Security Bollards are Becoming More and More Important
As terrorists overseas increasingly turn to vehicles as weapons, cities across the United States, concerned such attacks could happen here, are ramping up security in public spaces to protect areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.Read on to learn how cities are protecting themselves.
Engineers Developing Stronger Barrier to Help Prevent Storefront Crashes
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute is developing and testing new storefront barriers, called bollards, that are stronger and help minimize the impact vehicles have when they crash into them. Engineer Michael Brackin has spent years designing bollards along with the company Traffic Guard.Read the full story on how TrafficGuard’s engineered bollards.