Have you ever missed an exit or a critical traffic sign just because you couldn’t see it at night? Got a ticket for the infraction?
Well, the ticket is bad enough, but there are a lot worse things that can happen – fatal crashes.
That’s the chief reason the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has a sign replacement program.
Despite the attempt to help people, there are those who think the signs being replaced are perfectly fine because of how they look in the daylight. Night time can be a very different experience. While signs may be very visible during the day, they lose their ability over time to reflect light back to drivers’ eyes, making them less visible when the information they contain is most crucial.
“A sign that may look ‘perfectly good’ during the day isn’t always visible at night, and that’s a safety concern,” says State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Time, weather, and other factors degrade our road signs over the years, which is why we replace them every 15 to 20 years.”
MDOT has created the Reality check videos to debunk the myth it is replacing perfectly good signs. The video and fact sheet also explain why this 100 percent federally funded program also replaces sign posts and does not use funds that would otherwise be available for road and bridge maintenance.
Here’s a link to the video.
It is the most recent among the MDOT’s videos created to correct myths that surround road work and travel. You can find the others at www.michigan.gov/realitycheck.