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April 19th, 2006
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There is a sign, on Huntington Road. For a long time, the sign only said "t3sTinG". But eventually the t3sTinG was over, and the sign started to impart on us its words of wisdom. "Don't drive when tired". "Don't drive on drugs"*. I'm waiting for the day the Girton mathmos hack it and manage to get it to tell us "Don't drink and derive".

Today, the sign said "Think! It's 30 for a reason." And I Thought! and slowed down to 30. Which nearly gave the car behind me a heart attack, as the sign is in a 40mph zone.

Is it just me that thinks this might not be the most sensible thing to have written on the sign?

*It does worry me that it was thought wise to spend public money telling people that. I'd think the world would divide into the people who thought it was blindingly obvious, and the people who would do it anyway regardless of what a sign told them.

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From:nina321
Date:April 19th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
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those signs say a lot of strange things.
On motorways they say things like 'make time for a break'
'don't drive tired'

Just... daft. I always read them, say 'ok' and carry on regardless.

I do however like the motorway ones that say 'don't hog the middle lane'!
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From:aldabra
Date:April 19th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
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I read "don't drive on drugs" and thought wow, are drugs really that common, how come I don't know where to get them? Which probably isn't the intended effect.
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From:miss_next
Date:April 19th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
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I want a T-shirt that says "Don't drink and derive". :-)
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From:purplepiano
Date:April 19th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
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Don't drive on drugs, pick them up off the road and take them home!

I think they are aimed at the class of basically sensible people who occasionally make foolish decisions.
From:wryelle
Date:April 19th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
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ROFL.

Over here in county council land, they love those signs. The latest wheeze is one that is controlable by someone watching the road on CCTV, so you will get a message about phones if they see some naughty person driving whilst using a mobile...
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From:fluffymark
Date:April 19th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
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"Don't drive and read silly signs"
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From:ixwin
Date:April 19th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure I remember something on the radio a while back about a study that found that putting extra road signs at junctions increased the accident rate because they distracted drivers.
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From:aldabra
Date:April 19th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
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I suspect the public money has been spent to say Cambridge is Full! Go Away! on days when that is so, and they're just trying to use the kit on other days too so people don't say why has public money been spent on this sign which is always off.
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From:l_j_b
Date:April 19th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
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"Don't drink and derive."

I would offer alcohol of choice to anyone who made it say that :)
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:April 19th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Drugs might include legal drugs with varying sideffects? But yes.
From:tamsinj
Date:April 19th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
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of course, if doing that gave the driver behind a heart attack, they were far too close.. or not paying attention.
From:ex_robhu
Date:April 19th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)

hax0r3d

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Did it actually say "t3sTinG" ?

I find that so funny.
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From:samholloway
Date:April 19th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)

Re: hax0r3d

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I drove into town along Histon Rd today and also saw the "it's 30 for a reason". This one was in fact in a 30 zone, and as I was stuck in a queue, it didn't cause me to change my speed much. But I did notice it.

I've stuck this comment under robhu's comment because I recognised Knuth and now I'm worried. It's like that time I recognised one of the cam.ac.uk admins in a chinese restaurant...
From:ex_robhu
Date:April 19th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)

Re: hax0r3d

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From:mooism
Date:April 19th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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The world doesn’t split neatly into people who know instinctively not to drink and drive, and people who will only stop drink driving when you prise their cold dead hands off their steering wheel. Anti—drink drive campaigns have had an effect. Why should it be any different with drugs?
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