Maryland has 97,023 auto crashes a year (5 year average), that works out to be about 3 auto crashes per every mile of roadway in Maryland every year! Can you imagine what our roads would look like if these crashes stuck around for at least a year?
But Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART) saves "Marylanders approximately $1.4 billion in vehicle travel costs in CY2010" by (CHART) providing quick response to traffic incidents through emergency response and road/debris clearing. Um, maybe would could save even more by not having an accident in the first place? I think it would be a good educational tool to move a wrecked automobile to an entrance ramp (or other visible but out of the way public place) and let it sit there a while with a sign saying something like "Pay attention and drive safe. Don't let this happen to you." But instead we sterilize the roadway making it seem like nothing ever bad happens there. Denying a problem exists is the first step in making it worse.