America's Killer Roads

This oped takes on American street design and blames it for causing countless road injuries and deaths.
August 20, 2009, 8am PDT | Nate Berg
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Examples in other countries like Sweden show that simple infrastructural devices can greatly reduce accidents, according to Mark Rosenberg, a former assistant attorney general.

"They showed that this could be done cheaply. When Mylar - a strong polyester film - is supported by closely spaced plastic poles, it can keep cars from crossing the median. When the Swedes used this type of center barrier to separate the traffic going in opposite directions, they effectively prevented head-on collisions and the death rate on these roads fell by 70 percent to 80 percent."

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Published on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 in The Boston Globe
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