Smart motorways and the easy way to make them safer and smarter – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Dennis Whitaker, Baildon.

Should smart motorways be scrapped?

LIKE many, I recently listened to the harrowing story of a young wife whose husband was killed on a smart motorway (The Yorkshire Post, October 25). From their outset, I have thought of them as anything but smart, however they could be made safer easily and cheaply.

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Where hard shoulders double up as a smart lanes, emboss them with yellow chevrons to help keep drivers a safe distance from each other at the same time giving them a stopping distance, if required.

Motorway safety is in the spotlight.

This would constantly remind drivers they were in a smart lane and that distance from the car in front was vitally important.

There are, of course, drivers who will keep in the faster lane, pulling off at the last moment but with modern cameras, double white lines and speed limits for exit lanes, enforcement legislation should not be too difficult.

MPs should set an example