If you used to play, or are still playing Mario Kart, you’ve probably seen scenes like this.
3D objects poking out from the ground that you can actually drive through.
Well, guess what?
That’s what you’re going to see on Singapore roads as well soon.
Like end-of-2018-soon kind of soon.
And I’m not even kidding.
What’s gonna happen?
According to Channel News Asia, new three-dimensional (3D) traffic calming markings, aimed at getting motorists to slow the hell down, will be tested along the Whampoa Drive Silver Zone towards the end of December.
The markings, which were inspired by Japan’s urban design, will cause an optical illusion to motorists, with a perceived narrower lane width thought to discourage motorists from speeding along lanes.
In essence, it’s hoped that the effect, that’s pretty trippy and jarring, will be ample enough to demotivate motorists from proceeding at such a high speed.
Incidentally, here’s an artist’s impression of one such preventative traffic marking, known as the 3D crosswalk.
Similar measures have been tested out in Iceland, India and London.
As far as Singapore’s concerned, however, the 3D traffic calming markings take precedence.
“The trial will help LTA assess the effectiveness of these new markings,” the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a press release.
For those unaware, silver zones are specially-demarcated areas in residential zones, with a sizeable population of elderly residents and a comparatively high accident rate involving seniors.
However, it seems that Silver Zones have done their part as accident rates within the areas have dropped by almost 75 per cent.
Currently, there are plans for another 10 Silver Zones.
The future looks bright
Road accidents have always been the bane of a transportation vehicle’s existence. And with reckless drivers popping out like those irritating mushroom spawns on a Mario Kart track, you can’t help but fear for the future, when the population gets ever larger and more motorists take to the road.
However, it seems that the LTA is keen to avoid this development. And if you need a case in point, I’m pretty sure the upcoming 3D traffic calming markings are a good indicator of that.
But let’s not get carried away. Because at the end of the line, it’s but a trial system, and it’s yet to be implemented around the nation.
So as of right now, no such preventative measures are in place, and that means the occurrence of road accidents isn’t just present, but prevalent around accident-prone areas.
Scary, isn’t it? But that’s just the reality of it.
And with that in mind, here’s a key message to all the drivers and pedestrians out there:
Take care on the road, and remember; never relax your senses whilst out there;
Because it might just be the last thing you do.
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