The objective of eliminating blades from the streets is still far away. Piciocchi: «Installation on existing barriers is difficult»
Thus, six months after publication e almost one from its entry into force, is a flop the ministerial decree that intended to push the installation of protective devices for motorcyclists, the so-called Dsm. As often happens, everything started from a noble objective: to provide as many guardrails as possible with additional barriers designed to prevent even trivial accidents from having disastrous consequences for motorcyclists. The very large part of the barriers installed in Genoa and the province (as in the rest of Italy) is in fact designed to cushion the impact of cars. The chronicle tells of innumerable episodes in which the crash against an old-fashioned barrier has produced serious injuries, mutilations or deaths. The weak points are essentially two: the lower part and the supporting posts, which, in the event of an accident with slipping, can interrupt the inertia of the fall. The other dangerous part is the upper part, which, especially in older models, tends to produce a blade effect.
The Genoese territory is an important test case. It has winding roads – even highways – often with old barriers, and a ratio of inhabitants and two wheels among the highest in Italy. The result of the decree signed by the then Minister of Transport Danilo Toninelli – and appeared in the Official Journal on May 17 – is however negligible. Indeed, in fact non-existent.
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