Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What Will Government Come Up With Next?

Zig-zag lines, actually. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has decided that painting zig-zag lines in the driving lanes on roads in areas where there is a high volume of pedestrian and cycle traffic might just cause drivers to slow down to some degree.

The tactic has apparently seen some success in the U.K and Australia.

"It is a low cost strategy to get motorists to slow down as they approach the bike trail and pedestrian path," says VDOT's Mike Salmon. "While at first motorists may be a little disoriented, the main point is to get them to pay attention and slow down through that area."
I wonder if Mr. Salmon is aware that drivers in Europe go through a far more rigorous training program than their counterparts here in the United States, and are trained to look out for pedestrians and cyclists?

They are going to test this idea for a year to see if it actually works.

Something tells me there will be even more pedestrians and cyclists mowed down by seriously distracted American drivers, particularly those from out-of-state.


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