Monday 20 September 2021

Experts Recommend “Forgiving Roads” to avoid Fatalities

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A “forgiving road” is a concept that gives driver plenty of opportunity to recover from mistakes so as to avoid a crash, the road ensures that when a mistake is made, a fatal or serious injury crash outcome doesn’t result.

The concept is not new, it’s been around for some time.

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In Costa Rica there are no forgiving roads. Some will argue that the design and construction of the roads in the country are a leading causing in traffic accidents and fatalities.

Expetts at the Costa Rica’s Laboratorio Nacional de Materiales y Modelos Estructurales (Lanamme) are urging transport authorities to adopt the concept of forgiving roads.

The argument is simple, a forgiving road would have saved the lives of the four young men in Jacó this past week.

Although no matter how many measures are develop, factors such as driver error, mean that road crashes will still occur. However, the creation of ‘forgiving roads and roadsides’ provide the safest possible environment for vehicles in the event that they leave the road.

Guillermo Loría, Lanamme engineer, agrees that a forgiving road would have prevented the Jacó tragedy, as long as drivers play their part, like not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and stay within the speed limits.

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