Village Paints ‘Squiggly Lines’ On Roads To Stop Cars From Speeding


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Bad road signs frequently send UK drivers around the bend, but they ought to think of French drivers instead.

In a last-ditch effort to slow down traffic, one community across the Chanel has chosen to paint squiggly lines at a T-junction.

The abstract road signs may be having the desired effect, but the locals are less than impressed.

The vehicle markings, which were painted in the tranquil town of Baune near Angers, are more similar to contemporary art.

Even the biggest petrolheads want to slam the breaks after seeing the road in front of them as they zigzag across the street.

The lines were put in place as a result of increasing local anxiousness over drivers consistently exceeding the 19 mph (30 kph) limit in the sleepy community.

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The French officials considered several options in an effort to slow things down and ultimately decided on the mad marks.

Locals anticipate the route will provide a “visual disturbance” and encourage slower driving, according to the mayor of the area, Audrey Revereault, who spoke with The Connexion.

Authorities are testing the mad markings currently to see how successful they will be.

Jean-Charles Prono, the mayor of the Loire-Authion region, noted that it was surprising that the design was chosen over more conventional traffic control.

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In the region, where he oversaw seven communities, he told EuroNews that “people drive fast and it’s complicated to get people to slow down and to have road signs that work.”

He continued by saying that the design had been used rather than speed bumps, which would have been too noisy for nearby residents.

However, it appears that the new-looking road is giving the residents headaches already.

Taking to Facebook, one villager even claimed they felt ‘seasick’ because of the design as they discussed it on a local page, Ca bouge sur Bauné.

Responding to a photo of the design, she told users: “Personally, I don’t like driving on it. It turns my stomach like seasickness.”

Others agreed, with another adding: “‘It’s destabilising the first time you pass over it.”

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To which, a third pointedly replied: “Frankly I was very surprised and indeed my attention as a driver was disturbed because I wondered where I had to drive, if the direction of traffic had changed, etc…”

Some even questioned whether the road signs would make things any safer.

One even argued: “I think it’s going to be more dangerous than anything else.”

Clearly, it seems that some residents want to hit the brakes on this project.