Obscured road sign danger need to be addressed
29th July 2019
Obscured road signs can be a significant danger for drivers and local people alike, meaning more needs to be done to end this menace.
This is the sentiment of vehicle breakdown and recovery specialist GEM Motoring Assist.
Local authorities to fix road signs
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: “Road signs provide vital orders and information for drivers, who choose their speeds and actions based on what the signs tell them. If they can’t see the signs, then their ability to make safe decisions is compromised, especially if they’re on unfamiliar roads.”
He added that cutbacks in funding for the maintenance of roadside trees, bushes and shrubbery in many areas means there are now more and more signs that are being obscured from drivers.
Councils are therefore being called upon to take action and to invest in roadside maintenance.
GEM reminded drivers that a limit of 30mph will usually apply to all traffic on all roads with street lighting, unless there are signs to say otherwise.
Motorists should also be vigilant at all times regarding signage at the roadside, as failure to see is not a defence if they break the law.
Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Obscured signage can mean valuable and important information is not available to road users. This can mean a reduction in road safety and therefore it’s a problem that must be dealt with.”
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