Australia is trialling glow-in-the-dark markings for some of the country’s most dangerous roads.
Footage of the first public road in the country with glow-in-the-dark markings was shared to the internet, and people are amazed.
Australia is a large country but its population density is mostly concentrated near the coasts.
For that reason, there are vast stretches of road with no public lighting.
Painting glow-in-the-dark lines is a faster, easier and hopefully more effective solution to make these dangerous roads safer.
Australia’s Department of Transport chose a road in Metung, a small town in the region of Victoria, to test the glow-in-the-dark markings.
The clever thing about these markings is they use a special paint that absorb sunlight and light from vehicles, then release it after dark.
For that reason, these markings require virtually no maintenance, and certainly less maintenance than an ordinary street lamp.
More importantly, the council doesn’t need to use extra electricity to keep those road lines ‘on’ as they are solar-powered.
The video was posted to Facebook by news channel ABC and other similar videos were shared on YouTube and Instagram.
People in the comments section voiced their opinion and they are, for the most part, quite excited.
“Great idea. This should be done on all roads,” one user said.
“Marvelous,” another one commented.
Not everyone’s convinced, though.
“Drivers will just ignore them,” a concerned user wrote.
Then another user explained the reasoning behind some people’s skepticism.
“This may help, but how many accidents occur at night? Wet roads, speeding and driver behavior has to be the main cause,” he explained.
“Every time I go out, every time, I see drivers ignoring stop signs and crossing over unbroken lines, irrespective of their color.”