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3D Traffic Safety Image May Cause Additional Deaths

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Email forwards have permanently ruined 3D street art for me. I can't begin to count how many instances where I've received that same set of embedded images indented 12, 13 times from an AOL address. The Coke bottle. The artist next to his mirror image. The progressively bigger hole in concrete. The warped side view. "Here's how it really looks!"

To me, that exceptionally talented, yet overexposed artist has become the equivalent of John Mayer, Kate Gosselin, and The Situation: I never have to see or hear about him again.

Unfortunately, West Vancouver has unveiled a new set of 3D street images. Only this time, it might lead to injuries greater than a palm-smacked forehead.

Believing the best time to scare motorists into driving slower is while they're driving, Vancouver's BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation will install several displays of a little girl chasing a ball into the street. Like those ubiquitous chalk images, the image is stretched to appear three-dimensional in the road. David Dunne of the BCAA told The Globe and Mail, "You'll see this image start to rise off the pavement and it will look like a little child is crossing the street. As you get closer to the image, the image recedes into the pavement."

Brilliant idea, Dave. Introduce trickery and mind games into the driving equation! Ideally, we all want motorists to start confusing and questioning the legitimacy of children in the street. Or, at the very least, screeching to a stop or swerving out of the way of an instantly appearing child, perhaps into oncoming traffic or onto a sidewalk where children won't likely be.

The best part: Each display costs taxpayers $15,000 for its disappearing-reappearing technology.

Seems like a hell of a lot more than a box of Crayolas.
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