According to one
group, it’s not deteriorating vision or slower reaction time that’s causing
older drivers to have accidents while driving at night – it’s those blasted
yellow lines that just aren’t wide enough or shiny enough.
In a recently released
study by Higher Highway Safety Standards, a lobbying and advocacy organization
whose aim is improving road conditions and safety, 99 percent of all drivers
between the ages of 18 ad 65 believe bright and easy-to-see road markings are
important to road safety.
The study also found
that 94 percent of the subjects believe state and local municipalities should
make easy-to-see lane stripes a priority, and that drivers 50 years and older
were most likely to support the initiative.
The group is
proposing increasing the width of the stripes, which are an average of four
inches wide, to a standard six to eight inches. The use of highly reflective
paint technologies is also being investigated.
Wider center stripes
have already seen some advancement in various states.
Legislature passed a bill that would’ve added $1.5 million to the state’s
budget to widen the stripes to six inches, but the governor line-item vetoed
the measure from the 2005-06 budget when it reached his desk.
The group plans to
spread its message to other states, beginning with New Jersey, in the near
future, according to the New Jersey Express-Times. Wider, eight-inch
stripes were tested on roads in an area of Morris County, NJ, and according to
the study, crashes were reduced by 16 percent.