The best way to get from Point A to Point B in Nashville is through the downtown core, but many residents are opting for the less crowded exits in the north end.
The new signs, created by the city, aim to deter people from driving on these routes.
They feature signage that reads “Don’t get involved in fights” and “Make sure you have a plan for exiting safely.”
But while the signs are helpful, they’re only part of the solution.
“I think a lot of the people that are driving on those routes are probably doing it for convenience, and for getting home from work,” said Michael Hines, director of the Nashville Downtown Program.
“They’re not actually thinking about safety.”
Hines told New Scientist that while he supports the city’s efforts, they need to be more comprehensive and include more signs, so drivers know they can safely drive down the main drag.
“The signs are not going to make everyone happy, but they’re going to help make Nashville more comfortable and safer,” he said.
The signs have been put up by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TWD) in a city that’s already seen a spike in violent crime, but it’s not clear if they’ll make a big difference.
“What they’re doing is trying to deter drivers from driving down the street,” said Hines.
“That’s a great idea, but if they’re just trying to stop people from doing something that’s a big problem in the city and the community, that’s going to be problematic.”
“What we want is for people to be safe, but we don’t want to put up the signs that we’re not going see that result in people being stopped and searched.”