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Road Danger Meter or "Approaching Death Zone" Alarm

Goes from zero to ten, or green to red depending on number of accidents in that area.
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As you approach a particularly dangerous curve where many have died, the danger meter pegs out at 10, deep red or whatever so you can be more careful negotiating that area.

Inspired by the below idea.

doctorremulac3, Jan 21 2019

Lifted from this idea. Death_20topography
[doctorremulac3, Jan 21 2019]

Accident Black Spot http://www.roads.or...ck-spot/closeup.jpg
[xenzag, Jan 21 2019]

Death Transmitter Death_20Transmitter
Prior Art [8th of 7, Jan 21 2019]


       Sort of baked...in the Sinai they leave the crashed vehicles where they are, so get a visual indication of how dangerous this bit of road is.
not_morrison_rm, Jan 21 2019

       Entering Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base in California, you'll see a wrecked vehicle on display that's meant to remind the recruits not to drink and drive.   

       It gets your attention.   

       Tried to find a picture before realizing it's not always easy to find pictures of many U.S. military facilities on the web. It's there, take my word for it.
doctorremulac3, Jan 21 2019

       See link to view road sign in UK that warns you of danger of crashing into a giant black dot. These damned dots are everywhere. They are the direct opposite of potholes but just as bad.
xenzag, Jan 21 2019

       OK, that's clearly meant to CAUSE accidents by distracting people trying to figure out what that sign means.   

       Might as well have "KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD" signs on the side of the road reminding people not to look at signs on the side of the road.
doctorremulac3, Jan 21 2019

       <Polite cough/>   

       <Points at <link>/>
8th of 7, Jan 21 2019

       Bun protocol executed. (for link)
doctorremulac3, Jan 21 2019


       // danger of crashing into a giant black dot. //   

       Nasty, but not half as bad as those ACME Self-adhesive Fake Tunnels the Highways Agency have started using since all the budget cuts.
8th of 7, Jan 21 2019

       // Might as well have "KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD" signs on the side of the road reminding people not to look at signs on the side of the road. //   

       Oh, we've got that. Except they're electronic billboards hung above the highway which, when they're not reporting that you're inside a clusterfuck traffic condition, happily go on about seatbelts, lane changes, keeping proper distances, alcohol... and of course "distracted driving".   

       I'm not sure a sense of humour is a plus in government.
FlyingToaster, Jan 21 2019


       "(This distracting message brought to you by the NRA)"
8th of 7, Jan 22 2019

       Or maybe just "DON'T READ THIS SIGN!"
hippo, Jan 22 2019

       Near me, there is a sign telling you to "slow down, high casualty road". I'm not sure how widespread these are.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 22 2019

       How about green roads and red roads? The redder it gets the less safe it is? Paint contractors would love that one.   

       I think you'd have to have a gradient between green and red so people didn't slam on their brakes. What's that? Purple? Might be kind of confusing.   

       OK, it basically makes brown plus painting roads is impractical.   

       OK, here we go:   

       Red botts dots, those reflective dots. Maybe not all red, just featuring a reflective red spot. This is the universally recognized signal to stop because it's the same color as brake lights.   

       Again, slamming on the brakes might be an issue.   

       How about just having the road reflectors get wider? Trying to think of something that's intuitive like: "Is the road getting narrower? I better slow down." You could also have them get progressively wider over several yards to avoid the whole brake slamming thing.   

       Actually, forget having to put expensive dots, just have white lines that extend out from either side, progressively further as you enter the dangerous stretch of road. It would have almost a cross walk vibe. Stripes in the road mean slow down.   

       I think that's the best approach. It also directs the eyes to the road which you want.
doctorremulac3, Jan 22 2019

       //Near me, there is a sign telling you to "slow down, high casualty road"//

The accidents are caused by people slowing down - the better strategy is to go as fast as possible so as to spend as little time as you can in the vicinity of the accident black-spot.
hippo, Jan 22 2019


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