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【双语阅读】视觉幻象与公路车祸

时间:2014-07-05 14:18 作者:泛扬英语 点击: 170 次

       Believe it or not, optical illusion can cut highway crashes.

       信不信由你,视觉幻象能够减少公路汽车相撞。
       Now the American Automobile Association Foundation for traffic safety in Washington D.C.is planning to repeat Japan’s success. Starting next year, the foundation will paint chevrons and other patterns of stripes on selected roads around the country to test how well the patterns reduce highway crashes.
        现在在美国华盛顿特区的美国汽车联合会交通安全基金会正在计划借鉴日本的成功经验。从下年开始,这个基金会将在全国范围内选出的路段上涂上v字形和其他的条纹样式,以测试他们减少公路相撞的效果有多好。
       Excessive speed plays a major role in as much as one fifth of all fatal traffic accidents, according to the foundation. To help reduce those accidents, the foundation will conduct its tests in areas where speed-related hazards are the greatest-curves, exit slopes, traffic circles, and bridges.
       据这个基金会提供的数据,在致命交通事故中,超速是一个重要的因素,占到总数的五分之一。为了有助减少事故,该会将在那些与速度有关的危险地方-弯道,斜坡出口,环形交叉口和桥一一进行测试。
       Some studies suggest that straight, horizontal bars painted across roads can initially cut the average speed of drives in half. However, traffic often returns to full speed within months as erivers become used to seeing the painted bars.
       一些研究显示,穿过马路的横行纹起初平均能使司机把车速减半。然而,过了几个月,当司机习惯了这些涂上去的条纹时,车速又回到正常。
       Chevrons, scientists say, not only give drivers the impression that they are driving faster than they really are but also make a lane appear to be narrow. The result is a longer lasting reduction in highway speed and the number of traffic accidents.
        科学家说,v字形条纹不仅给司机一种他们开车比实际上快的感觉,而且还会使车道显得窄小。结果是公路上行车速度和交通事故持久地降低。
 

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