• richard avatar Richard Posted: 7/2/2009 11:51am PDT

    Actually, if the PIRE study is correct, it demonstrates that the cost of accidents related to poor road quality FAR outweigh the cost of accidents due to driver faults. Their argument is that the most effective, cost-efficient means of reducing accidents (and fatalities) would be to invest more heavily in roadway improvements. Put another way, driver education is fine, but the most dramatic benefits will come from better roadways.
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    To their credit, altering the driving environment DOES seem like a simpler task than educating drivers. Not that that doesn't need to be done, but it's much more straightforward, right?

  • Mark Posted: 7/2/2009 11:22am PDT

    The noted roadway improvements seem centered around drivers leaving the roadway. Is this a roadway issue, or a driver issue. If we can limit the number of drivers who drive off the roadway (driver education?) we wouldn't need to spend millions (billions) of dollars keeping these drivers from hitting objects off the roadway. I would question whether the problem is the roadway design or is driver caused.