“For this reason, it is essential that our Nation’s rural transportation professionals be provided with the necessary tools and support to promote and showcase the value, benefits, and accomplishments of rural transportation planning and development.” ~Kit Bond
Ever wondered how your local television station is able to keep track of traffic each day? Have you ever been curious about how professionals choose how they lay out the roads? Broadcast Traffic Professional Day is a day dedicated to those who work in the traffic engineering industry, whether that be in the engineering department or broadcasting department. Let’s learn more about what Broadcast Traffic Professional Day is all about.
Broadcast Traffic Professional Day honors those in all traffic departments, who schedule and work very diligently with programs, announcements and much more through national television and radio stations to keep people safe. Originally, traffic professionals had their beginnings due to the industrial revolution; specifically, the development of motor vehicles. Once vehicles became popular, it’s smart to assume that accidents became a thing. One way to decrease the amount of traffic is through a radio. The first announcement for traffic happened in the 1920s on the KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Since then, radio and television regularly announce local and national traffic to its viewers so they can keep updated on the conditions of the outside world.
Today, while there are reporters who report on the conditions of traffic each day, there’s also a specific job branch called traffic engineering, a kind of civil engineering that works towards safe movement on the roadways. This profession aims to make traffic flow efficient by using techniques such as road geometry, cycling infrastructure and road surface marking to make traffic safe for drivers everywhere. Those who specialize in traffic engineering have to get certified through the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a membership association that aims to certify traffic professionals in order to help improve the mobility of the roads.
How to Celebrate
If you want to celebrate Broadcast Traffic Professional Day, then start by sharing the day with your friends on social media. Hashtag #BroadcastTrafficProfessionalDay and share this page with your friends so they can learn about what this awesome day is about. If you want to do more, then send your local news station a thank you letter, letting whoever works in keeping track of traffic that you appreciate them and what they do.