Removal of white lines – good sense or dangerous?

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By now you will all have heard that the Government has said they intend removing the white lines in the middle of roads in parts of the UK.

It is hoped that this will make drivers more aware of other traffic on the road and be more cautious and is an attempt to reduce the number of accidents causing injury and loss of life. It was reported by the Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/04/removal-road-markings-safer-fewer-accidents-drivers that research shows by removing white lines this induces uncertainty and cuts vehicle speeds by 13% which has been the case with the pilot schemes on the A22, A23 and A100 in London as well as roads in Wiltshire and Derby.

This philosophy has been used in some 400 towns across Europe reporting dramatic falls in accidents. The Dutch engineer Hans Monderman believed traffic was safest when road users were "self-policing" and streets were cleared of controlling clutter. He said "when you don't exactly know who has right of way, you tend to seek eye contact with other road users. You automatically reduce your speed....take greater care".

Good sense or dangerous, we will have to wait and see.

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