New cryptic road safety signs

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

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75 Responses to New cryptic road safety signs
VYBerlinaV8 VYBerlinaV8 2:25 pm 08 Feb 08

I get out at write my autograph on those signs. It looks like one of those pieces of graff art (tags).

Snahons_scv6_berlina Snahons_scv6_berlina 2:18 pm 08 Feb 08

I like the signs that say ‘sign’.

VYBerlinaV8 VYBerlinaV8 2:11 pm 08 Feb 08

How about an advertisment for porn in Fyshwick – ‘Canberra, the Bush Capital’

hingo hingo 1:35 pm 08 Feb 08

How about a sign with “Stanhope delivers another breakthrough! (sarcasm intended)”

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 1:06 pm 08 Feb 08

There is a ‘Federally Funded Blackspot Project’ sign on the road just outside of Hopevale, an Aboriginal community in far north QLD. Oh, the irony… I used to laugh every time I drove past it.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:25 pm 08 Feb 08

Federally funded black spot project.

howdy howdy 11:59 am 08 Feb 08

Personally, I hope not justbands. Though it might help the people who speed cause they think they are going to a nice place called heaven 😛

VicePope VicePope 11:58 am 08 Feb 08

How about “drink driving means you might have to stop being a Minister for about five minutes”.

howdy howdy 11:56 am 08 Feb 08

Speaking of crazy driving. I had an interesting drive in belco the other day and entered some sort of giant race track where the winner gets the best position at the next traffic light cue.

(Seems to be all about ‘random lane swapping’ on those roads rather than ‘overtaking’. Crazy children.)

justbands justbands 11:50 am 08 Feb 08

> Being quite a Christian country…

We are?

howdy howdy 11:46 am 08 Feb 08

Being quite a Christian country…

“God sends speeders to Hell”

paddytrick paddytrick 11:32 am 08 Feb 08

Hume in Victoria – Drowsy Drivers Die

howdy howdy 10:56 am 08 Feb 08

Yoda gift to Howdy give.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:51 am 08 Feb 08

Howdy writes signs like Yoda speaks!

Thumper Thumper 10:42 am 08 Feb 08

How about,

‘Stop looking at this sign and concentrate on the road’

howdy howdy 10:42 am 08 Feb 08

Need more signs:

“ahead metres 20 look must you”

farout farout 10:39 am 08 Feb 08


actually reads ‘form one lane’…

I presume this is designed for the convenience of drivers with acute myopia who cannot read a 50-cm font 20 metres ahead? Great, I feel so much safer now!

howdy howdy 10:22 am 08 Feb 08

Of course, UB is not one word!
I think you just hit the nail on the head : )

I bet they were really proud of how clever they thought their sign was too….

hingo hingo 10:19 am 08 Feb 08

Should be “DRV N TXT U B NXT”. “Drive n text UB Next” makes no sense. Why would U & B not be spaced apart?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:08 am 08 Feb 08

Whoever thought up the signs is probably one of these ~60 year old, “Why won’t he just reire already” permanent employees they store in a cupboard and only let out when its unavoidable.

They’re mixing txt speech with common language (Why use “UB” but not change ‘text’ to ‘txt’?”) and also capitalising verbs for no good reason.

Also, its neither
1) (re: Speeding) speed that kills nor speeding that hurts, but the sudden impacts.
2) (re: Drink driving) Its legal to drink and then drive, but to exceed the legal limit is the crime.

Further evidence Hargreaves is out of touch. Personally I hope for a spectacular election loss for him come October, and a blight unto the seventh generation for his line.

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