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UDOT traffic engineers have come upon a highly effective way to virtually eliminate deadly crossover accidents on major highways. KSL encourages them to accelerate plans to install the device wherever needed.
We speak of median cable barriers.
Most recently UDOT installed such a barrier along a dangerous curve on I-80 in Parley's Canyon. They did it in direct response to a terrible crash in February that claimed the life of a three-year-old girl. Had the cable been there then, experts are convinced the little girl would still be alive.
The cables, we're told, "catch" vehicles and slow them down before they can plow through the median and crash into oncoming traffic. They're less expensive than concrete, strong enough to stop a semi, and can be easily repaired.
Listen to this impressive statement from UDOT spokesman Nile Easton:
"Everywhere we've put them in they've pretty much eliminated crossover fatalities."
With that kind of success rate, median cable barriers ought to be installed wherever crossover wrecks are prone to happen. That's UDOT's plan. So far, they've done about 38 miles of the deadliest stretches of highway, with another 21 miles already planned. We urge them to move forward with this life-saving project as expeditiously as possible.