Thursday, May 1, 2008

The lovely month of May

Hello, and welcome to Transportation Safety Awareness Month! It’s a month where we try to get the word out that you do need to be careful in work zones.

One fact that’s kind of surprising is that most of the people who are injured in work zone crashes aren’t the highway workers — it’s the people in the cars, usually as a result of speeding or not paying attention.

Here’s another fun item for the Gee-Whiz File: Oregon has been testing horizontal reflective stripes that go on the concrete barriers to give drivers another visual clue on lane changes in work zones. The strips are what they call a Linear Delineating System, or LDS panels for short. As my MoCoWo (Mormon co-worker) pointed out: the LDS will show the way to go through the darkness. Hmm.

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