Point­ing the way to safety at Hol­ly­wood in­ter­sec­tion

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Even the small­est of mark­ings can make a big dif­fer­ence, in­clud­ing in high­way safety, as a driver’s ed­u­ca­tion in­struc­tor noted and a state high­way crew reme­died this week on Route 235 in Hol­ly­wood.

Email re­cip­i­ents com­piled dur­ing for­mer meet­ings in St. Mary’s of a Mary­land High­way Safety Of­fice dis­cus­sion group re­ceived a mes­sage last Sun­day from the in­struc­tor, not fully iden­ti­fied in his note, that a reg­u­la­tory sign at the high­way’s in­ter­sec­tion across from Air­port View Road gave mo­torists ap­proach­ing from Mervell Dean Road a bum steer. The sign’s ar­rows in­di­cated that driv­ers should make an im­me­di­ate left turn to go south, the email stated, not­ing that a “driver fol­lowed the sign and was put into on­com­ing [north­bound] traf­fic. The driver was go­ing the wrong way on a di­vided high­way.”

At mid­day Wed­nes­day, the sign was re­placed with one that has more pre­cise di­rec­tional mark­ings by a two-man state high­way crew, in­clud­ing a sign tech­ni­cian who said the old sign had been in place for about six years, and that newer driv­ers are trained to strictly ad­here to where a sign says they should go.

“He did what the sign said, to the let­ter,” the tech­ni­cian ac­knowl­edged, adding that some mis­cues in the thou­sands of di­rec­tional signs put up statewide do oc­cur. “It’s rare,” he said, “but it does hap­pen.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO (TOP), STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN WHARTON (RIGHT)

Above, fol­low­ing the ar­rows’ in­struc­tions on an old high­way sign in Hol­ly­wood could lead a mo­torist to may­hem when ap­proach­ing Route 235’s in­ter­sec­tion with Air­port View Drive from Mervell Dean Road. At right, a cor­rected sign was in­stalled this week.

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