Zigzag lines slow drivers at busy Hilo intersection

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Some unusual road markings are taking Big Island drivers by surprise.

The Department of Public Works says zigzag lines at a busy downtown Hilo intersection were painted on purpose to get drivers to slow down.

It’s one of several traffic calming devices utilized by the county.

According to its website, “Zigzag lines are painted on the street at busy intersections and in school zones to get motorists’ attention to slow down, making our streets and highways safer for everyone. Bold stripes like shark’s teeth are painted on blind curves and are especially effective at night due to the high reflectivity of the striping.”

Pavement markings are regulated by Chapter 24, Section 24-144 of the Hawaii County Code.

Click here to download a copy of Chapter 24 (.pdf).

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