Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pedestrian crossings now equipped with emergency noise bands

Most pedestrian crossings in Yekaterinburg are now equipped with emergency noise bands.

The noise bands create bumps in the road, which makes a noise every time a car runs over them that causes the driver to concentrate and look at the road, MIR96.ru reports.

Yuri Demin, the head of the Russian Interior Ministry State Traffic Police in the Sverdlovsk region, said that the noise bands are installed where speed bumps cannot be applied because of the traffic on the road.

The cost to install the noise bands at the pedestrian stations range from $3,000 to $5,000, according to MIR96.ru.

Additionally, pedestrian crossings are being equipped with additional lighting diodes, colored markings and traffic signs placed on extensions to help cut down on accidents.

In 2011, approximately 14,500 square meters of road surface around pedestrian crossings had ground markings painted on them to help improve safety. Thermoplastic marking was used, which is more resistant to abrasion and climatic impact than ordinary paint, according to BakuToday.net.