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Traffic Engineers Strike Back at Topless Women Boaters Distracting Truckers

For a few years now, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has been faced with an unusual traffic problem: slow traffic and distracted driving on the part of truck drivers on Interstate 77 in the Lake Norman area. The cause of the problem -- women boaters on the lake exposing their breasts to the truck drivers -- was known. But how could the state's transportation engineers solve such a dilemma?

According to the Lake Norman News, engineers from the state's Department of Transportation are now rolling out Operation Coverup, an effort to keep truck drivers' eyes off of the natural beauty in the lake and on the road. [Note: I just made up the name Operation Coverup. The rest is true, though]. The state's plan is to prohibit boaters from dropping anchor (and their bathing suit tops) close to the interstate by installing buoys in the lake around the causeway. The buoys will also bear signs stating that

"boats cannot stop and anchor between the buoys and the causeway," said Timothy Kirk, operations engineer for DOT. "This was done to prevent boats close to the causeway from creating opportunities for drivers on I-77 to rubberneck and take their attention away from the roadway."

Kirk described the buoy installation as an "out-of-the-box" idea, and the early reviews from the local police are that it is "a good solution to a persistent and dangerous problem."

Posted by Bruce Carton on March 13, 2013 at 04:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)


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