MX SeriesTM

School Zone Flashing Beacons & Warning Signs

Create a safe environment that encourages active transportation to and from school.
MX SeriesTM

School Zone Flashing Beacons

Create a safe environment that encourages active transportation to and from school.

Even with reduced speed limits, roadways in and around schools are a dangerous place for pedestrians. According to the Transportation Research Board (TRB), more than 100 children are killed in school zones each year, and approximately 25,000 are injured.

While there are many factors influencing these numbers—congestion, obstructed visibility, limited crossings, distracted drivers and pedestrians—clearly communicated speed information is key to reducing them.

Carmanah’s MX Series school zone beacons take the guesswork out of school zone speeds, flashing only when reduced speeds are in effect. Agencies can easily manage their system settings and schedules locally or remotely, and can enable email and text alerts so they can have immediate awareness of critical safety issues.


Problem Solution
Drivers don’t know when school zone speeds are in effect. School zone  beacons can be programmed to flash only when school zone speeds are in effect.
Low-intensity beacons are hard to see, especially during the day. Our school zone flashing beacons use directional, high-intensity LEDs that are visible at all hours (SAE Standard J595, Class 1).
Schools have changeable schedules that can include unplanned events (e.g. snow days).  MX Cloud software allows cities to make bulk changes to system schedules remotely. 
Signal techs have to rely on local residents to report downed or non-functioning systems. 
MX school zone beacons alert them to issues automatically, greatly improving response times and safety. 

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School Zone Safety Application Guide

Get up to speed

Our free guide outlines current industry recommendations for establishing school zones using Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidelines. Learn about traffic control standards, including signage, pavement markings, and crossing supervision.

Comprehensive school zone safety treatments

Flashing school zone beacons are the key safety tool for schools to slow down traffic. Additional products may be added that will also encourage drivers to take notice of signs and adjust their behavior.

School zones can contain:


Flashing beacons
within school zone areas
Radar speed signs to help drivers self-correct before a school zone
LED flashing or lighted signs to illuminate signage
Check your local requirements to determine compliant school zone safety options in your region.


VIDEO: Watch our school zone safety series

Making sure that drivers see, acknowledge, and obey school zone signs is vital to protecting young people making their way to and from school, no matter what mode of transportation they are using.

Our school zone safety series explores several solutions to help vehicle drivers reduce speed, pay attention to signs, and become more compliant in school zones.

Check out part 1 of our series on school zone flashing beacons:

Additional Resources for School Zone Flashing Beacons

Data Sheet

Download our R829-MX Data Sheet
Get an overview of the features and benefits of the R829-MX, plus all the tech specs and product options—all in a single, shareable document.



Can Children Walk Around Your Town?

Here are some ways to analyze walkability for children and address the issues you find with effective traffic safety products like beacons and signs.


Case Study

Safe Routes to School Program – Los Angeles
See how Carmanah’s school zone flashing beacons are helping encourage driver compliance when children are present.



Which School Zone Flashing Beacons is Right for You?
Specifying a school zone beacon for your location helps ensure you have a reliable, effective system that works for the long term in all conditions.



School Zone Safety, Part 1: Flashing Beacons and LED-Enhanced Signs
This video focuses on solutions that help drivers quickly identify when they’ve entered a school zone and when school zone speed limits are in effect.


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