Re­flec­tive paint could help dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

As a cit­i­zen who en­joys true im­prove­ments in my city, I have no­ticed a few trees on the cen­ter is­lands and an oc­ca­sional “Keep Right” sign on Don Tyson Boule­vard have spo­rad­i­cally been “mowed down.” I have also no­ticed the light­ing is very poor along most of the curved ar­eas of that road.

While it is pos­si­ble the signs and trees have been taken out by a drunk driver, I have no­ticed the curb­ing is dif­fi­cult to see af­ter dark, mak­ing it easy to ac­ci­den­tally jump the curb. I have not, but I have no­ticed more than one driver “jerk” ahead of me, ob­vi­ously nick­ing the curb.

There is a very sim­ple so­lu­tion to this prob­lem: Ap­ply re­flec­tive paint to the cen­ter curb­ing where you can es­pe­cially see where the curved ar­eas and end caps are lo­cated.

This will help pre­vent driv­ers from po­ten­tially hit­ting a full grown tree in the fu­ture, thereby avoid­ing a tragic ac­ci­dent.

You can’t change an id­iot drunk driver, but we could cer­tainly pro­tect an hon­est driver from mak­ing a tragic mis­take. I also won­der if li­a­bil­ity would be a prob­lem.

Ku­dos to the Mayor Doug Sprouse and the city of Spring­dale for many beau­ti­ful im­prove­ments made in the last 10 years!

LINDA BERTALOTTO Spring­dale

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