S. Korean government to expand road management to prevent 'black ice' accidents
Updated: 2020-01-13 16:32:10 KST
Last December, seven people were killed and 32 injured after ten cars crashed on the ( - ) Sangju-Yeongcheon Expressway in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
A similar accident occurred a few days later, when an inter-city bus skidded and collided with two vehicles, …leaving one bus passenger dead and nine others injured .
And earlier this month, …an accident involving some 40 vehicles on a highway near Hapcheon, Gyeongsangnam-do Province left eight people injured.
These accidents were all caused by "black ice," a thin coating of transparent ice on roads that's usually invisible to drivers.
From 2014 to 2018, …more than 6,6-hundred traffic accidents were caused by ice on roads, …including the so-called black ice.
That's nearly twice the number of accidents on snowy roads.
And more than 700 deaths were caused by icy road accidents, …which is three.eight times that of snowy roads.
This is why the Korean government has come up with measures to intensively monitor and manage ice on roads.
First, the number of road sections designated as "ice vulnerable zones" …due to shaded spaces and fog …will be more than doubled.
These roads will be equipped with more automatic salt injection systems …and the government will also consider installing heating wires under roads in accident-prone areas.
"There has been a lack of a system to deal with icy roads. Based on this opportunity, we established a snow removal system suitable for road ice."
Surveillance cameras equipped with artificial intelligence will be installed to monitor accidents and unexpected situations, …and will use car navigation systems to inform drivers of accidents within 30 seconds of them occurring.
And to prevent major accidents, the government will also increase enforcement equipment targeting speeding and overloaded vehicles.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.