Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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February 8, 2012

Cable barriers' effectiveness touted

Tulsa, Oklahoma — A newspaper analysis finds that the installation of cable barriers on Tulsa County highways has had a dramatic effect on the number of fatalities and injuries caused by motorists who drive into opposite lanes of traffic.

The Tulsa World (http://is.gd/wtojhW ) surveyed accident reports involving cable barriers at 11 areas on Tulsa County highways. The newspaper reports that no deaths or serious injuries caused by crossover collisions happened at the locations since the barriers were installed in 2005.

Before the installation, six people died and 27 people were injured from crossover collisions at those spots.

An Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokeswoman says about 50 miles of cable barriers have been installed in Tulsa County at a cost of about $8 million. The barriers are installed in medians to prevent head-on collisions.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com



Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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