So far this year in Missouri, there have been nearly 700 deaths on the highways. Of the deaths on Missouri’s roads in 2012, 65% of them were not wearing safety belts. Chances are extremely high that they were also speeding, or the automobiles that struck them were doing this. Many people who are lost are doing no single thing wrong, but are hit by a vehicle driven by somebody tired, drunk, texting or speeding—sometimes, sadly, more than one of those.
None of us can control any driver but ourselves, but the employment of lit signs for traffic calming can help to get the attention of each driver and make accidents less certain.
Lit signs on Missouri’s roads tell folks to buckle up because it is the law. The signs change their message slightly every one or two seconds. This reminds drivers of the law and makes them pay attention to the changing display, getting the message thru to them much more. There’s no assurance that the 65% of fatal injuries not wearing their seatbelts would have survived had they been wearing them. But odds are good that at least some of them would have. For whatever reasons, they didn’t get the message.
There will always be a group of people who just don’t get the message, whether or not it’s to wear a lifesaving seatbelt or to stay within the speed limit. Most people, nonetheless, when faced with a changing display on a lit sign will make a response to it. If it is giving instruction like buckle up or slow down, they’ll reply in the correct way.
Signs that can show the words “SLOW DOWN” together with a sad-face smiley to help make them aware to slow down when somebody’s speeding will customarily cause the driver to slow. Signs that only flash the driver’s speed if it’s above the limit typically cause most drivers to slow down. This prevents speeding before it starts, and decreases the risk of accidents more.
Author: Jessie MccaffertyThis author has published 2 articles so far.