Crooked lines, careful drivers?

Governing magazine reports on a traffic experiment by the Virginia Department of Transportation that uses zigzag markings on roadways to try and make motorists slow down for pedestrians.

VDOT got the idea to experiment with the zigzags from the U.K., where they are used as no-parking areas in order to give pedestrians a clear line of sight prior to crossing, and in Australia where they are used to warn drivers to slow down due to crossings they may not be able to see.