Protecting drivers by helping Geese

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

by guest blogger Jamie Holter

Each day, our traffic engineers monitor traffic through the 440 cameras perched high above Puget Sound roadways. They look for collisions, disabled vehicles, dangerous litter (like bumpers or hubcaps) that could cause collisions or other problems. They also watch traffic flow to determine when to activate systems like Smarter Highways on I-90 (we just activated these signs this week).

Well, it was during a routine traffic check on I-90 when they found Mother Goose and her five goslings booking down the shoulder of I-90. Washington State Patrol spotted them too and herded (herded? guided?) them off at the next exit. Not only do we want them to make it through spring, but we also want to make sure they don’t wander in front of your car. Can you imagine how bad you’d feel if you hit one? Or the mess it would cause if you swerved to try not to hit it?




2 comments:

James Lamb (TV James) said...

Thanks for posting. Some will complain about cost, but you make a great point about safety. And that video just makes you feel good about humanity.

Anonymous said...

We had an unpleasant and dangerous experience where a duck and her ducklings were not escorted. Everyone was slamming on there brakes and swerving into other lanes and the ducklings were not faring so well. Horrible.

 

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