July 25, 2008
Scientists have decided that redesigning streets to make them more user-friendly for drunks could help reduce conflict and violence.You don't say. Next they'll tell us that the booze these people drink tends to be full of alcohol.
After using computer simulations based on the Welsh to mimic the movements of people staggering home after a good night out, researchers came to the staggering realisation that drunk people trip over things.
The researchers plan to investigate how moving street obstacles or increasing pedestrianisation might ease congestion around nightspots, New Scientist magazine reported.They've found that staggering drunks are a problem because they get in people's way, making them possible "targets of violence." I'm sure that the people staggering around in the streets of Wales drunk off their asses are never, ever the instigators of violence themselves. I mean, when has that ever happened?
The model could also be used to look at the effect of a new bar or fast-food outlet opening in a crowded city centre.
They hope to come up with street designs that direct late-night revellers safely home to their beds instead of into the path of trouble.
(Via Moron Central)
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