Pennsylvania hits the spot with new safety program

| 9/10/2003

Forget about counting car lengths or the two-second rule – drivers traveling through Pennsylvania can now count the dots.

The state is in the midst of a pilot program to paint dots – actually, ovals roughly 7 ½ feet by 2 ½ feet – on roads to help drivers keep a safe distance between themselves and the car in front of them, The Associated Press reports. Signs warn drivers to keep two dots between them and the vehicle in front of them.

The dots are roughly 115 feet apart, the news service reported. The idea, which came from a similar road program in Europe, has already reduced accidents on some highways.