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Half of British roads are barely visible

Posted on May 19, 2017

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As you are driving around town in your car or on the motorway on your way back home from work, take a look around you to see if you can visibly see all the road markings that you should be able to see. You may be surprised with what you find.

According to a survey by the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA), around half of British road markings are not very visible, with Scotland and Wales being the worst of the bunch. The RSMA looked at over 482 miles of roads around Britain and found that 50.6% of markings were barely visible but what is worst than that is the fact that 23% of roads came under the bracket of "emergency repair", meaning that the state of the road was far below satisfactory, and deemed unsafe in one area or another.

There were only around 6% of markings actually scoring the highest ratings, which is pretty bad compared to last years survey which found 23% of centre lines to be awarded the highest rating. This shows a steady decline of road markings of around 17% in a year (which in turn equals a shocking decline of around 1.4% or road markings per month). The RSMA's National Director George Lee says: "These findings are shocking. We could see a clear, direct correlation between deadly roads and deadly road markings when we examined the 10 most dangerous roads identified by the Road Safety Foundation. Now, just a simple cross-section of roads - arguably representative of the entire network - shows a level of deterioration that defies belief. We recognise that the UK is currently under huge financial pressure, but road markings are widely recognised to provide the best, most simple navigation aid to drivers, and to be the most cost-effective road safety measure and it is time we gave drivers the vital clues they need to use our roads."

The Road Safety Minister Mike Penning also quoted: "Simple measures - such as good road markings - can make a massive difference to road safety and I urge highway authorities to consider this carefully as they continue to strive to reduce deaths and injuries on their roads."

The results are shocking and something must be done about it to make the roads as safe as they can be for all drivers. Repainting, cleaning and making signs more obvious or bigger are just some of the ways where road markings can be improved.

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