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ATSSA Announces Innovation Awards at 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo

Pedestrian safety and work zone products recognized at ATSSA’s Circle of Innovation

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (Feb. 18, 2021) – Two exhibitors at ATSSA’s 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo received Innovation Awards today in recognition of new products  that contribute to the industry’s mission of advancing roadway safety and working Toward Zero Deaths.

The new products from 2020 were evaluated by a panel of judges made up of Department of Transportation personnel. Judges reviewed nine items from companies across the country as part of the New Products Rollout.

ATSSA’s 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo was held online and ran over two weeks, from Feb. 8 through today.

Keynote speaker: Don’t rob others by refusing to change

Chad Hymas urges ATSSA members to embrace change and innovation to save lives

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For the first five years after he became a quadriplegic in a farming accident, Chad Hymas refused to pursue his love of scouting for elk.

Finally, after his father invited him again, said it wasn’t about him and said he would take his two sons himself, Hymas answered the challenge.

That was a turning point for Hymas and one he keeps constantly before him by posting a photo of his son from that day. 

Hymas, who was injured near his home in Utah on April 3, 2001, was the keynote speaker for ATSSA’s 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo. He took part in the Convention’s second general session today, which also included a Government Relations Panel featuring Sen. Shelly Moore Capito, (R-W.Va.), American Highway Users Alliance President & CEO Laura Perrotta  and ATSSA Vice President of Engagement Nate Smith discussing their outlook on transportation funding. ATSS Foundation Board Chair Dave Krahulec provided an update on Foundation efforts and fundraising events.

Stone Shakers named best band in ATSSA’s Got Talent contest

Winner invited to perform at 2022 Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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Stone Shakers was announced today as winner of ATSSA’s Got Talent: Battle of the Bands edition, a contest held as part of ATSSA’s 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo.

The band is based in Wilmington, Del., and includes ATSSA member Tony Cappella on bass and vocals. Cappella works for Hill & Smith Inc. He is joined by band members Samantha Poole, who plays guitar, keyboard and saxophone in addition to being lead vocalist; Pete Cogan on harmonica; Kevin Walsh on vocals, guitar and mandolin; and Glenn Walker who does vocals in addition to drums and percussion.

This was the first ATSSA’s Got Talent contest, added for the Association’s online Convention that started Feb. 8 and concludes on Thursday.

ATSSA announces winners of three national awards

Awards given at 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (Feb.17, 2021) – The American Traffic Safety Services Association is pleased to announce winners of the Industry Achievement Award, the Mark of Excellence Award and the National Safety Award.

The awards were given as part of the 51stth Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, held online Feb. 8-12 & 16-18. The Industry Achievement Award and the Mark of Excellence Award were announced on Feb. 16. The National Safety Award was announced today.

Panels discuss innovations and safety challenges during Convention’s first general session

Two industry awards announced as annual Convention starts its second week

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Automated vehicles will be mainstream in the next decade, members of an Innovation Panel predicted today during the first general session of ATSSA’s 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo.

Timothy Drake, vice president of public policy and regulatory affairs at ITS America, said he expected trucking fleets and public transportation would be the first to take that step and be in place in the 2030s. With that in mind, he said planning needs to take place now within jurisdictions across the country and state departments of transportation (DOTs).

Nazila Roofigari-Esfahan, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, agreed with Drake but said she hoped it wouldn’t take place before people are ready for it. She said both infrastructure and individuals need to be prepared for that shift in transportation.

The Innovation Panel was one part of today’s general session at ATSSA’s 2021 Convention & Traffic Expo. The session kicked off with a welcome from Board Chair Greg Driskell and the State of the Association Report by ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner. That was followed by a State of the Industry panel and announcement of two industry awards.

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