I just drove from Meat Cove, Nova Scotia - the absolute northernmost point of the provice - to Antigonish, about a 5-hour drive, at night. For about 90% of the trip, I was almost completely alone on the road, only passing a handful of other cars.
As I approach Antigonish, it starts to rain. Then I come upon road construction. One lane of the road is closed for construction and there are flaggers on each end taking turns waving the incoming traffic through. OK. Simple enough. But then a truck pulls in front of the line with a sign reading “FOLLOW ME - DO NOT PASS” and a blindingly-bright, rapidly flashing yellow beacon that induces an optical migraine, reflects off the wet road and all surrounding surfaces, and makes it IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE. I almost sideswiped a semi truck as I passed the other end of the construction because I was literally blinded by the fucking beacon.
Fuck this bullshit! Far from making it safer, it’s a fatal accident waiting to happen.