Poor quality paint is dangerously and very frequently used for pavement markings and crosswalks in the USA, in place of more-expensive but vastly-safer thermoplastic materials which have a high-glass-bead content for excellent reflectivity at night and in bad weather.
Two bright yellow-painted crosswalks in Falmouth, MA, from crucial angles invisible during and just after heavy rain at night. The yellow is a futile waste of time if it becomes invisible at certain times! (Copyright image.)
Compare the photo above with the one below. They are at the same location and were taken less than 12 hours apart.
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Event Summary from the NTSB – July 25, 2017
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Although speeding is one of the most common factors in motor vehicle crashes in the USA, it is an underappreciated problem, involved in about 10,000 highway fatalities each year according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The Speed-Related Proportion of Road Deaths in the USA. (In 2016, the overall number of deaths went back above 40,000 so the figures for 2007 may be closest to the current situation in 2017)
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In surprise and great dismay, I nearly spat my mouthful of coffee all over my keyboard when I read the article
More traffic experiments planned in Fayetteville a few minutes ago, from the Fayetteville Flyer.
Traffic circles, of a sort, were allegedly first built by the Romans in order to expedite chariot movements at busy intersections 2,000 years ago. Some countries still use basic traffic circles and if you are an adrenalin junky, go to Paris and try driving on
the one around the Arc de Triomphe when vehicles are flowing thick and fast! However, what today are properly called “modern roundabouts” were invented half-a-century ago in 1960s Britain.
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