Monday, December 02, 2013

High Visibility Works, Right?

I saw this photograph and thought hey, I’ll send it to our local councillors as a suggestion for our own low bridge in Forest Road. But then I read the words and found that the reason it had been posted on t'internet was because a bus had hit it. Via Twitter

This made me think. What we don’t know is whether this bridge in Lisburn, Northern Ireland gets hit by high vehicles any more or less than our one. Which leads to the question, how many times have lorry drivers taken heed of our local early warning signs and avoided a collision with Fairlop Station bridge? We do not know and we have no way of measuring or recording such events. We only get to know when someone has a lapse of concentration and hits the bloody thing as happened again quite recently.

One shudders to think what would happen if there was no signage, or street clutter as some call it, at all.

But there is something else that can be measured and recorded. Near misses. Or to be precise those occasions when drivers miss the early warnings but realise their mistake and stop before a collision occurs. This presumably requires the assistance of the traffic Police to help them reverse out of their predicament and if so will be on record somewhere.

A question our Area 3 and 4 councillors and wannabes should be asking, perhaps?

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