Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Speed Sign Stupidity

Just sit right back and you’ll here a tale
A tale of stupidity
It started out with good intent
But got assigned to a committee

The committee decided to erect
Safety radar signs
This high tech solution would surely ease
Pedestrian safety whines


The story I’m about to tell you is true (well mostly). I can see how it all came about. One of the places I drive by a lot erected those lovely radar speed signs. You’ve seen these. They have the speed limit on them and then they flash how fast you are going.

Of course, since there isn’t a Robocop built inside them that ejects out after you pass, transforms into a remote control cop car and nails you for speeding, you probably don’t give them much thought. Normally I don’t either, but this one has me intrigued. Even challenged!

Now the idea of placing these two radar speed signs where they are is that by putting them on both sides of the entrance into a major corporation they would alleviate risks to their workers that walked out of there to a parking lot across the street.

Sure, formula one cars race down this side street at 200+ mph all the time. It really cuts down on the “Honey, go to the store” round trip timeframe. It makes so much sense.
But hold on, the one coming from the other side doesn’t. The problem with that one is that while they did erect that one, the speed limit there is 35mph and there is only about 40 feet from the intersection to the radar speed sign.
It’s not like this is a normal intersection leading up to the sign either. It’s a T-intersection so that means that anyone entering this end of the street would barely be moving. I’ve actually made it a challenge to see if I can actually get up to 35mph before going by the radar sign.

So instead of trying to guilt me into a slower sensible speed they’ve got me plotting personal bests in an attempt to see how fast I can get up to by the time I hit the sign.

End result, the committee wasted their money putting a sign on that side of their entrance. I’m going to tell their shareholders…

48 comments:

Anne said...

I'm first today!

no, i have no other comment at this time.

sprinkle4 said...

I am so ashamed of myself, allowing my bad comment posting habits to relegate me to the bottom of the list!

Please forgive me! Oh, you must!

And we don't have those signs in my town yet. Either that or I'm driving too fast to notice them.

Jaime said...

i'm shocked. you taking these signs as a challenge rather than a warning? that just seems so out of character.

The Incredible Woody said...

I'm always confused when I approach those signs. Is that my speed? Still detecting the guy in front of me? On to the guy behind me? Confusion!

subtorp77 said...

The police round here use the trailer models and the signs. Both are causing quite a few accidents, due to people looking down too long, whilst checking their speed. The safer plan (and they do this, as well ), is to leave an empty cruiser parked off the road( usually in a lay-by ). Folks slow down when they spot a cruiser. Well most do, anyway...

Nessa said...

We have a street (two simple lanes: one for each direction) where one side is 25 mph and the other is 45 mph. Speed trap, speed trap.

Roy Scribner said...

Hey, a lot can happen in 40 feet. What's your record so far?

Gladys said...

go speed racer, go speed racer go speed racer goooooo!

So how fast have you gotten up to?

Oh watch out for Trooper Bob

Dee said...

sorry Ve I totally don't get this post. :)

VE said...

anne - You were driving the formula one car to be first, weren't you?

sprinkle4 - I was just thinking the other day, what happened? You were below even Diesel!! Repent now before it's too late!

jaime - I know, I know. Sometimes I walk my car across intersections for safety...NOT!

incredible woody - When confused, speed up fast...you can watch the speed increase into the red and then you'll be sure it's you...

subtorp77 - They have those around here to but they're just warning anyway. The ones that are real tickets are the vans. I don't have to worry about those either because I don't have a front license plate so they can't photo radar me. Sure, not having one is not legal here too but they only warn for that. I've had three warnings...

nessa - Tricky! More fun would be to make one direction 45 and the other 25!

roy - I've made it up to 34. I've got an SUV so it doesn't corner into the street well. A lot can happen in 40 feet though. By then I've combed my hair, picked that zit, dialed the cell phone, trimmed the fingernails, eaten that fast food and flipped that irate other driver off!

VE said...

gladys - I've made it to 34. That darn sign is just too close to the corner for any serious illegal manuevers! Damn!

dee - That's because you were in the formula one going to 7-11, weren't you?

EmmaK said...

I am a person who is ususually honked for going too slowly - so I would never try to outwit a speed camera.

Happy St Patricks Day .... join me for some irish loving?

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Leaves one shaking their head.

Elizabeth said...

I'm a little confused to, but it's very early in the morning here. I'll have to read it again after my coffee. However I will have that tune in my head for the rest of the day! Thanks for that.
:)

Sornie said...

I made one of those stupid radar speed signs register a speed of 11 MPH while walking. I take those that I see while driving as a challenge. How high will the numbers go?

Quirkyloon said...

VE! Get your motor runnin'!

You are always thinking arentcha? Leave it to the govt to psychologically torture us!

AND please do not tell their shareholders. They'll get a bailout and huge, huge bonuses.

Just speedin'!

hee hee

VE said...

emmak - So you're the one I'm racing circles around with my car! I'm going to have to watch your link a little later...knowing you, I fear watching it where I'm at right now! ha ha

perpetual chocoholic - I'm sure they are very proud of their radar speed signs!

elizabeth - You are confused because there ARE NO radar speed signs in Nome. Well, there weren't any 18 years ago when I was there at least...

sornie - Alas...they only go to 99 mph. Trust me on knowing that one!

quirky - Yeah, they try and pull the wool over my eyes all the time. But VE knows!

Gnomeself Be True said...

I'd just like to point out that all government is run by committee.

VE said...

gnomeself Be True - There you are! It's been awhile. Yes, you are correct and we're experiencing the results of that right now!

lime said...

ack, there is a town near here that i think would appreciate your efforts as it would give their lunatic cops something to keep him busy.

Beth said...

This post (with its accompanying sketch) is like high school math - figuring out speeds and who will get where first and why and how...
It hurts my brain.

Count Sneaky said...

These traffic signs were invented to intimidate those who are intimidated by intimidation. Count Sneaky

nursemyra said...

the only place I've seen one of those signs in Sydney is in Centennial Park. Guess we're behind the times. Or ahead :-)

ReformingGeek said...

I'm not sure I'll be able to get up to 35 mph while driving home on the freeway. Spring break brings everyone out of the woodwork.

VE said...

lime - Sounds like a job for the formula one car...

beth - Don't worry...just look at the pictures! Same as high school...

count sneaky - Ha! Intimidatingly so!

nursemyra - Be thankful. They're silly...

reforminggeek - Are you heading down to the gulf to drink beer from a long tube and have naked tequilla parties like the rest of Americas future?

Megan said...

0-34 in 40 feet? Not bad, not bad at all...

Jeff said...

They have similar contraptions here but ours have cameras in them and if you exceed the speed limit by too much it'll take a picture of your license plate and they'll send you a ticket in the mail. Yours looks like way more fun.

VE said...

megan - Well, I am going a few miles per hour around the corner...but I'm happy with it so far.

jeff - I don't mind those either because by law they have to have a clear license plate and face. That's why I wear a mask and don't have a front license plate!

The Self-Deprechaun said...

That is pretty dumb but fun for you. Remember that each corporate worker you hit is worth 50pts. 3 in a row is 1000!

Go!

VE said...

self-deprechaun - Aw man, I didn't know THAT! Damn...

Dalton J. Fox said...

Government wasting money on something. Who would've thought it? At least you're getting some entertainment out of it though.

Serena said...

I hate those stupid "gotcha" signs. I know I'm always "over" and they distract me from spotting traffic cops.

VE said...

dalton - I guess it's cheap entertainment for me then...

serena - You could claim diversion trickery if ticketed!

Elizabeth said...

Hi! We are in Juneau, Alaska now. We moved from Nome to Juneau for my husband's job. But I would live in Nome for the rest of my life if I could. I miss it so much!

Chris Eldin said...

LOL!! Your post below, about habits and memes, is hysterical!!! Can you post a picture of the spanker you bought in Singapore? And how much do you want for it?
:-)

Kurt said...

A applaud your easy-to-understand graphic. What program did you use to create it?

Mrsupole said...

34, that's all in 40 feet.

Are you slacking or something. Get outta that SUV and get yourself a real vehicle. You should then be able to get up to 50's.

If you drive less than 80 on some of these dang freeways here than you get sucked into the slow people's abyss. Well except for during rush hour. I hate rush hour, so glad I am not driving that anymore. 80's still sometimes seem like you are crawling. And I have slowed down somewhat in the last few years. I sometimes only go 70 to save gas.

Although I do sometimes wonder what I would see if I slowed down to enjoy the view. Maybe the snow in the mountains. Maybe that dog running across the freeway, or that big piece of wood that hit the front end of my car last month. That sucked. Just came flying from under that big truck.

So maybe if you slowed down then you would see that speed bump they put in there to keep your speed down to 25. They really do that on streets here. It sucks when they just up and appear out of nowhere.

God bless.

VE said...

elizabeth - Juneau now? That's where I ran into a bear. I have some fond memories of Juneau...

chris - I'll have to put it on my photo of the day pics. I'll have to find it first. Has to be somewhere still...

kurt - Thanks. It was in Microsoft Powerpoint of all things.

mrsupole - Don't tell anyone but I was going 85 once in a 35 and there was a cop. I braked hard and he caught me at 55 but gave me a break and just a ticket rather than arresting me. Nice of him...

Anne said...

of course.

and was driving fast, too

VE said...

anne - I suspected you for the lead foot type! ha!

Janna said...

I LOVE Formula One racing.
I've loved F-one and Indy cars ever since I was about 19, when I happened to watch the Indy-500 one year during an afternoon of boredom.

Realizing I'd found a sport I actually LIKE to watch, (!!!), I quickly recognized this as a sign of the rapidly approaching apocalypse and made a mental note to stop worrying about driving to the 7-11 for any more gallons of milk.

Of course, here it is 20 years later, and I'm getting kind of thirsty.

Maureen said...

42

No, not the meaning of life. That's the comment number.

Yeah, we have the photo-radar thingy's too... like Jeff. Dammit.

VE said...

janna - 20 years is a long time to wait. I suggest just one final run!

maureen - I thought you meant my IQ. Whew...

Carla said...

And these days, the shareholders are already irate. You'll probably push them over the edge.

Anonymous said...

These signs, we bought one off www.radarspeeddisplays.com.
have worked to slow down speeders who are just unknowing they are speeding, Then there are the guys breaking records and the county deputy in the woods waiting at certain times.

VE said...

carla - But it would be entertaining...

anonymous - Yeah, I have no real beef with the signs except when they are just placed stupidly like in the case of the one I described where you couldn't possibly be speeding

Uncivil said...

I'm commenting as fast as I can!

VE said...

uncivil - Not fast enough apparently!