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New cryptic road safety signs

By Jonathon Reynolds - 7 February 2008 75

Yesterday, John Hargreaves, ACT Minister for Territorial and Municipal Services (an individual who is no stranger himself to road safety issues and the possible consequences of drink driving), proudly announced that a series of 30 new road safety signs are being installed around Canberra. 

Whilst I agree with raising general awareness on road safety, two of the new sign slogans are a bit strange verging on obscure, to the extent of almost being distracting in their own right. 

I wonder what focus group they used to come up with the wording: 

Speeding – “Speeding hurts” – could someone please explain what this actually means?
Distraction – “Drive n text UB Next” – looks like the ACT Government are rewriting the dictionary for TXT Speak

It would be interesting to know what the RiotACT readers think would be more effective messages for the sign topics:  Speeding, Distraction, Drink Driving, Seat Belts & Fatigue

What’s Your opinion?


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Sammy 10:01 am 11 Feb 08

“Why fight evolution. Keep speeding”

ant 9:40 am 09 Feb 08

I’d rather our taxes were wasted on roadside art, than on a dragway. At least the roadside art is quiet.

BerraBoy68 10:07 pm 08 Feb 08

What about “WARNING – turning on your radio may expose you to Brendan Smyth? …Listen responsibly”

Lestump 9:48 pm 08 Feb 08

Or how about a sign warning us of some of the roadside Art our tax dollars have been wasted on.

Lestump 9:46 pm 08 Feb 08

How about “Dont race on the street, Race at Canberra International Dragway” instead, or “We promised a Dragway, but the Parkway will have to do”.

astrojax 9:24 pm 08 Feb 08

best bumper sticker i ever heard of, sister saw in oregon:

‘the christian right is neither’

iluka 6:34 pm 08 Feb 08

“Don’t Tailgate” – this one on City Hill always made me smile – talk about no frills signage!!!

“God Is Nowhere” – this is currently outside a church on Melrose Drive and i nod in agreement every time i drive past.

“Drive and Text, You Be Next”??? Next to what, get a text message? Thanks for the heads up, buddy! It’s a good thing i can do two things at once, like watch the road and move my thumbs. Or watch the road and turn on the air conditioning. Beep beep!! ooh, that’ll be a message for me. 🙂

Doctor Evil 5:54 pm 08 Feb 08

Lane closed to ease congestion.

Caution water on road during rain.

Good luck.

Hitchhikers may be escaping inmates.

howdy 5:26 pm 08 Feb 08

“Road Safety Sign Ahead”

Mr Evil 4:49 pm 08 Feb 08

” I fish/shoot/bash the missus/drive a four-wheel drive, and I vote”?

Mælinar 3:42 pm 08 Feb 08

The bushfire affected area – please drive slowly ones crack me, as if my velocity over tarseal road is going to affect ANYTHING at all.

Doctor Evil 3:35 pm 08 Feb 08

How about “If you can read this sign, you don’t need glasses” in a rapidly decreasing font size?

Skidbladnir 2:38 pm 08 Feb 08

There are still quite a few of the “Fire Ban Sign” signs around… What purpose do they actually serve?

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