This is a simple matter of lazy government officials trying to make excuses for not maintaining their roads.
Safety markings by definition mark the safe area to drive on a road.
Removing Safety markings by definition make the road less safe.
If their going to remove the safty markings I can see no reason the pay any attention to speed postings, school zone notices or constructions flaggers.
This is equally as stupid as removing headlights, airbags and seatbelts from the cars themselves.
Whats next, big steel spike in the center of the steering wheel? Electric shocks every time you step on the accelerator?
What a bunch of jackasses.