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Thursday, September 26, 2013
I was discouraged by the article about improving safety on Interstate 77 during fog or heavy rain (“Improvements planned,” Sept. 23). The proposal assumes the voluntary actions of drivers who see signs and obey them, and a lot of interstate drivers don’t do that now.
Even with SLOW DOWN: DANGER OF DEATH AHEAD, I doubt that many drivers would pay attention, and those who did would be rear-ended. The high-tech solution would be an invitation to further disasters.
After the smash-up at Fancy Gap last spring, I suggested in a letter to The Times (“Try leading drivers through the fog,” April 5) a method used in Brazil in a similar situation, and I offer it again: Hold up traffic and take batches of vehicles in convoy up or down the mountain, with guide vehicles fore and aft.
That low-tech system would guarantee a safe road at a cost vastly below the $14.5 million projected for the chancy proposal.
DAVID A. WEST
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