Wednesday 31st October 2007
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Officials in Scotland are behind a new scheme designed to improve safety on the roads, it has been reported.

According to the BBC, the proposal from council bosses includes the removal of white lines on highways to make motorists slow down due to the unfamiliarity.

"The theory is if you create uncertainty in the mind of the driver they will slow down, back off, look around, and proceed more safely," commented Neil Greig from the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Known as psychological traffic calming, the method has had a positive impact on Wiltshire roads following a trial, it added.

It may also be that the scheme helps people keep their car insurance policies down in the future; as an accident may see cover companies view them as a bigger risk and increase prices as a result.

Department for Transport figures show that there were some 3,150 road deaths in the UK during 2006.

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