From Car & Driver’s blog, excellent news that “…Michelin and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile [FIA] (Foundation?) have secured commitments from all 50 U.S. states to include consistent tire-maintenance and safety information in their driver education programs.”
There are 51 booklets that can be thought of as state drivers’ manuals in the USA because, apart from the 50 actual states, DC has one, too. And back in 2006 — dare I say “bravely!” — I read them all and then wrote a research paper on my findings. It was published by the Society of Automotive Engineers [SAE] at their World Congress, in Detroit, in 2007. (For the sake of perspective, I will add that to my surprise and great pleasure, my presentation of the paper to a technically very adept audience won me an SAE award for being judged to be in the top five percent of the hundreds of papers presented by their authors at the multi-day event.)
The roadside Don’t Drink and Drive Memorial Sign Program… has been expanded to include other types of traffic fatalities, said Nancy McClenny-Walters with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health and coordinator of the… County Traffic Safety Task Force.
The Task Force [has] expanded its program to include new signs that read “Please Drive Safely,” “Please Don’t Speed,” “Please Watch for Motorcycles,” “Please Watch for Bicyclists,” “Please Watch for Pedestrians” and “Seat Belts Save Lives.”
“The memorial sign program began in 1994 as a public awareness campaign to educate and make people aware of how many people were being killed in drunken driving collisions in our state. The first signs in the state were placed along Highway 12…
It is an essential part of highway safety that the driving public are continually reminded of need for awareness and alertness on roads.
In my own opinion — for this is a subject on which I have no specific research — these signs in Washington are a good idea.
As with all signs, they clearly do need to be located away from any likely trajectories of vehicles that are out of control, therefore, for example, not near or beyond the outer apex of any curve. In addition, it is important nowadays for all road signs to be on breakaway mountings so that if they are struck by a vehicle the pole snaps off at its base, thus minimizing damage to the vehicle or injury to its occupants.
Washington State, however, has a very good reputation in road safety so I’m confident they’ll have had such details sorted out for many years. 🙂
When drivers use cell phones or other electronic gadgets for any task, the risk of them getting involved in a fatal road crash increases by a factor of between 4 and 26 times, yet still people pretend to themselves that they are somehow special and that they can do it without crashing. Here is one such individual and what he did (an award-winning UK video):