Columnist Proposes a Clever Idea to Reduce Accident Rates
According to Steve Wallace at the TIMESCOLONIST.COM, one way to significantly reduce traffic accidents is to modify roadways so that they are one-way. The idea could even be used to reduce parking-lot accidents by reconfiguring parking lots to move traffic in one direction and eliminating the need to "back out" of a parking spot. The idea could reduce the number of pedestrian-related parking lot accidents and deadly head-on collisions.
According to the writer, this principle is in use in roundabouts. The writer states that auto accident rates plummeted on streets where traffic flow was switched to a uni-directional traffic flow. Head-on accidents rarely ever occur on one-way streets.
Another great example of this principle is known as the highway cloverleaf interchange. The removal of "high-speed left turns" in the path of oncoming high-speed traffic is an excellent public safety strategy. According to the article, several professional drivers try to reduce the number of left turns that they take to reduce their chances of being in an accident. By simply mapping out driving directions consisting of mostly right-hand turns, the risk of being in a serious accident drops.
The article states that driver education experts from Michigan stated jokingly that the accident rate would fall by 30% if motor vehicles did not have a reverse gear. However, it is not a laughing matter as many fatal, high-speed accidents are caused by drivers backing out of driveways along highways in rural areas. Also, new U.S. laws require automakers to install back-up cameras on all new vehicles they manufacture.
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