White lines on roads likely to make you crash

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London, Feb 13 (UNI) Excessive road signs can cause more accidents, highway experts warn.

Clearing the clutter, from speed bumps to white line markings could actually make roads safe to drive, according to a report by the County Surveyors Society, responsible for three-quarters of Britain's road network.

Traffic-calming measures and a forest of road signs are encouraging motorists to take more risks. Barriers and divisions might lead to over confident drivers, stated the society.

On roads where white lines were removed, speed dropped by ten per cent, according to the opinion backed by a study in Wiltshire for the Transport Research Laboratory.

Results from UK showed that on scrapping white-line markings, a 'startling' reduction in casualty rates of up to 35 per cent were seen, the Daily Mail reported.

''The problem is that the more we introduce road-markings, signs and speed cameras, the less our brain allows us to concentrate on our surroundings,'' stated Ben Hamilton-Baillie, the pioneer of the idea in Britain.

This is because when drivers have to rely on their wits, they tend to increase eye contact with pedestrians and other drivers.


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