Let's fix highway lane stripes

Letter to the Editor
Posted 6/25/18

Let's fix highway lane stripes I recently moved to Colorado. LOVE it! Except - freeway driving on a rainy night. You take your life in your hands. You cannot see the lane markings! At best, in sunny …

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Let's fix highway lane stripes

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Let's fix highway lane stripes

I recently moved to Colorado. LOVE it! Except - freeway driving on a rainy night. You take your life in your hands. You cannot see the lane markings!

At best, in sunny daylight, they are grayed and worn. One night I inadvertently exited the freeway, thinking I was following the dimly intermittent good-luck-in-joining-the-dots lane markings. Well I was - off the freeway.

Afterwards I realized I had no choice but to follow the lights of the car in front of me in the blind faith that they are following the lights of the car in front of them.

Another rainy night, while white-knuckling my way home, I passed two accidents and the remnants of an earlier accident. I then witnessed the car lights in front of me unintentionally exiting the freeway. Realizing their mistake, they swerved back onto the freeway, narrowly missing the exit barrier - and me! Four accidents (nearly) in one half hour?

Solving the problem would be a relatively quick and inexpensive “chunk” (as Bill Christopher refers to in his `road work taxes' editorial). And, it does not rely on any other “chunks” to be fixed first. It's simple - PAINT reflective white stripes on the lanes and GLUE on some cat's eyes.

Do you want to continue to keep driving around risking your very life, or are you willing to spend a little bit of money on your own, and your loved ones', safety? Your money or your life?

Elizabeth Rand, Westminster

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