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October 3, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Warning sign


Deric Bundy writes in:

Here is a picture of a sign I saw in Texas.

If people aren't going to pay attention to the warning signs in the first place, is putting out another sign telling them to obey the signs that they're already ignoring really going to help?


Number one in an ordinal, non-excretory sense!

This sign is silly. Maybe they should post another one right next to it, with an arrow.

Posted by: Andrew Tonkin at October 3, 2006 01:55 AM

Ok, as a Texan I must admit this one is somewhat redundant, but we do have some that are sillier.

Like the warning sign TxDOT puts up that says "WARNING GUARDRAIL DAMAGE AHEAD."

How broken can you get? Instead of sending out a crew to actually fix the guardrail, they send out a crew to put up two signs.

And to what end? I mean, the folks who end up crashing through guardrails aren't exactly in a position to choose where they're going to up and lose control of their vehicle. "Oops, there's a sign warning of guardrail damage ahead, I better wait to crash until I get to an undamaged guardrail." What the heck?

Posted by: Erich at October 3, 2006 01:59 AM

OK, I'll say up front that I don't know this for sure. But it's *possible* that this isn't broken. "Warning signs" *could* refer to the yellow "recommended speed" signs posted before some curves, exit ramps and so forth; While in most states those speeds are only "recommended", I believe there are a few in which they are actually enforceable speed limits. If that's true and if Texas is one of those states, then I'd appreciate having this warning.

It certainly could be clearer, though.

Posted by: stoo at October 3, 2006 06:54 AM

This is less broken than it first appears. the main problem is the usage of the word 'observe,' which in this case is like 'what holidays do you observe' rather than 'i observed my grandpa pick his nose.' its doing/following, not watching. combine this with stoo's comment, about some signs looking optional, and it makes sense. It informs people that all traffic signs in the area are mandatory. Could be written better but I think the point still gets across well enough.

Posted by: gmangw at October 3, 2006 10:20 AM

stoo nailed it. Many states do not require that drivers observe warning signs. They are merely recommendations.

Posted by: Fastolfe at October 3, 2006 11:14 AM

Not pictured: the second sign below this one that says, "seriously, guys. I really mean it."

Posted by: MattyMatt at October 3, 2006 02:11 PM

Government corruption Scare: 2 million people were arrested today because people did not observe local signs. The Texas government posted a video camera at this sign and saw several dozen people not looking at the sign. People claim it was warrentless spying devised by, you guessed it, Dubya.

Posted by: st33med at October 9, 2006 04:00 PM

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