The email began with a few comments about speed limits, including this one:
“I can remember back in the '40s the Oklahoma speed limit was ‘whatever was safe to drive.' Unfortunately for me and other teenagers of my era, limits were imposed and, of course, we had to test our luck!”
Has anyone been through that before?
Then, the writer, Mickey, switched to safety issues and offered this:
“My main safety advice gets ignored. I have suggested to the city, county and state that all curbs in center divider medians be painted with a white reflective paint ... (such as the white lines along the sides of highways).”
He went on to say that the lines have proved to save lives and that painted curbs would do the same for impaired drivers or those traveling in bad weather.
“This would save hundreds of thousands of dollars in car damages and medical expense,” he said. “It would also eliminate the expense of replacing the signs in center medians that keep getting knocked down on a regular basis.”
There are statistics to support a part of your advice, Mickey.
Anything that can alert a driver to a danger such as the edge of the roadway can be helpful.
The lines at the edge of the roadway — referred to as edge lines, fog lines, boundary lines and other terms — are there for a reason.
If you've ever driven in a hard rain or thick fog, you know why.
I can remember instances where the fog was so thick that the only way I could hope to continue on was to keep between the lines on the edge and on the center of the highway while slowing down somewhat and trying to be aware of brake lights or taillights ahead of me and headlights behind me.
I have seen curbing, on medians in fact, marked with reflective paint.
One in particular that I remember had diagonal white stripes. It caught my attention.
I also like the small, blinking yellow lights on the roadway such as in school zones. Those really catch your eye.
There have been and will continue to be other methods and devices to get drivers to pay attention. Watch for them.
By the way ...
So how about a little fun homework?
If you've seen a traffic safety device recently that caught your attention, send me an email, drop me a line, or call me.
Particularly if they are local sightings.
Other readers will be informed and our traffic experts will see how much attention these items are getting.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.
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