French village gets creative with road markings to slow down speeding cars

Written by Henrik Rothen

Aug.26 - 2023 8:46 AM CET

Photo: Private
Photo: Private
French village gets creative with road markings to slow down speeding cars

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In an unconventional move to curb speeding, a French village has painted squiggly lines on a T-junction.

The village of Baune, near the city of Angers, has taken this artistic approach to road safety, but not everyone is impressed.

The zig-zag lines sprawl across the street, making even the most enthusiastic drivers think twice before speeding.

The markings were introduced after residents expressed concerns about drivers consistently exceeding the 19 mph (30 kph) speed limit in the village.

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Local authorities, eager to slow down traffic, discussed various solutions before settling on these unusual markings. Audrey Revereault, the local mayor, revealed that the aim is to create a 'visual disturbance' that would force drivers to slow down.

The effectiveness of the markings is currently under trial.

While the design was chosen over traditional speed bumps to minimize noise, it seems to have caused some headaches among the locals. One resident even claimed to feel 'seasick' while driving over the new markings.

Others found it disorienting, questioning whether the design would actually improve road safety.

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