Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Virginia Department of Transportation Unclear on Road Safety

The Virginia Department of Transportation's heart is in the right place: they want to slow down drivers on Virginia roads. But their methods are a little unorthodox.

And crash-inducing.

As part of their safety campaign, VDOT is painting zig-zag center lines on Belmont Ridge Road in Loudon County, said a story on WTOP.com.

"It is a low cost strategy to get motorists to slow down as they approach the bike trail and pedestrian path," Mike Salmon, a VDOT spokesman told WTOP. "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."

The other thing that will get them to slow down? Driving over bikes and pedestrians as they try to follow the lines on the road.

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