"We're live . . . with changes"

News November 09, 2000
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Roger Wentz, executive director for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), has announced plans to hold a nat

Roger Wentz, executive director for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), has announced plans to hold a nationwide broadcast on March 20, 2001, that discusses changes and updates to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).


The manual, scheduled for completion in early December, contains standards for traffic control devices that regulate, warn and guide motorists in all 50 states.


"Everyone in the roadway safety industry has worked hard over the last couple of years to provide input and ideas into this new manual," Wentz said. "Many of the new changes and updates are significant, and by releasing this information to communities around the country simultaneously countless lives will be saved on the nation's roadways beginning immediately."


The current MUTCD, published in 1988, had several changes added in 1995. However, the 1988 version has remained the industry standard for over 12 years.


A panel containing the actual drafters of the new manual will present the most recent changes and updates from a television set at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Va. The 2 1/2-hour broadcast is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EST.


ATSSA, the host of the broadcast, is pre-registering downlink sites now across the country via its website at www.atssa.com.


Program viewers also will have the ability to immediately interact with the panel via toll free telephone numbers, which will be in place specifically for the broadcast.


Videotape copies of the program will be available through ATSSA, as well as both print and CD-ROM versions of the complete MUTCD.


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