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Anti-skid road paint faces city trials

ANTI-SKID paint will be put into use at city traffic accident hot-spot areas, including zebra crossings and stop lines to help prevent accidents on wet, slippery days.

The new paint will be first used on several crossroads to test its anti-skid efficiency, according to a written reply Shanghai Public Security Bureau has given to a proposal by one of the city top advisers.

Police have not revealed the locations of the test zones, but the practice will be widened throughout the city if successful.

Zhu Jianguo, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, proposed to the city government earlier this year that the anti-skid paint should be put into use, particularly at zebra crossings.

"Many motorcycles and scooters go into a skid when these areas become slippery," Zhu wrote in his proposal, adding that some pedestrians lose their footing and fall on zebra crossings.

A traffic assistant working on Nanquan Road in Pudong New Area said that falls were more likely to occur when oil, mud or other material spilled onto the crossings.

"I immediately become nervous at the sight of those white lines," said Zhang Yuqin, a cyclist.

Zhu said it was not difficult to solve the problem as anti-skid paint is readily available.

It has been used on downtown Lujiabang Road to great effect.

The paint mixture uses sand and is quick-drying, reflective and highly visible, according to Zhu.

Police said the high cost of the anti-skid paint was a drawback. It is several dozen times more expensive than the common variety.


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