SEOUL, April 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul’s Seocho District said Wednesday that it has set up two ‘water drop traffic safety lanes’, known for their clear visibility both at night or during rain, as part of a pilot project.
The lanes, shaped like water drops woven into straight lines, are drawn using room temperature setting plastic paint.
The lanes help to evade hydroplaning by preventing raindrops from remaining on the paint’s surface, with glass beads applied on top of the paint to ensure better visibility.
Traffic lanes become less visible at night or during rain, resulting in drivers, particularly seniors and novices, deviating from the lanes or running into other traffic difficulties.
The risk of car accidents rises by 20 percent during daytime on a rainy day, and 50 percent during night time, according to the data by Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Co.
Conducting visibility tests for these water drop traffic lanes showed that drivers were two or three times more likely to recognize these lanes than others.
The district plans to install these lanes in heavy traffic zones where visibility of the traffic lanes is harder to manage, as well as child safety zones.
H. M. Kang (firstname.lastname@example.org)