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You’re an Idiot

By LlamaFrog 11 September 2010 42

roadside signage

Is this the greatest government advertising? I believe it might be.

To be found when driving on Belconnen Way from Civic to Belconnen. I realise that the sign changes from day to day, so you need to be lucky to be called an idiot, otherwise you will see such great rhymes as “Pick up your phone, Pick up a fine…”

Just consider the layers of government that “You’re an Idiot” had to go through before it was allowed to be seen on the side of the road.

I would like to suggest another sign “Use a Bluetooth headset, You’re a special kind of stupid” but might be to long.


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bluuu 9:46 am 15 Sep 10

screaming banshee said :

Just for kicks sometimes I flash my headlights at people that look like they are going fast when I know there isn’t a speed camera. Fantasic entertainment seeing the brake lights come on in the rearview.

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If it slows speeders down, who cares if it’s legal.

2.0 8:57 am 14 Sep 10

screaming banshee said :

They should all say “Speed camera ahead”, that should slow people down.

What I would love to see is a device that sticks a bollard up in the middle of the road when some wanker is flashing their lights after passing a speed camera. Or the police could sit down the road in an unmarked waiting for people to do it…it is illegal.

Could you please enlighten us as to where it is stated that it’s illegal?

Tooks 8:15 am 14 Sep 10

bigred said :

I suggest everyone try to listen to super Mark Colbran on ABC 666 on Thursday arvo when he takes calls from people about the road rules, and he tries to put the plod view of the world. If brve, try ringing in and complaining about stuff – he talks the talk at least and uses words such as “unacceptable” and “unbelievable” in describing the plods response to certain incidents. Not posted to Belco station are we Buzz (post #25)?

Since we’re now off topic, have you ever been brave enough to call him to have a dig? If so, what was your question and his response to your question?

bigred 9:58 pm 13 Sep 10

I suggest everyone try to listen to super Mark Colbran on ABC 666 on Thursday arvo when he takes calls from people about the road rules, and he tries to put the plod view of the world. If brve, try ringing in and complaining about stuff – he talks the talk at least and uses words such as “unacceptable” and “unbelievable” in describing the plods response to certain incidents. Not posted to Belco station are we Buzz (post #25)?

farnarkler 11:30 am 13 Sep 10

The sign should read; ‘Speed, crash, cleanse the gene pool’

p1 10:29 am 13 Sep 10

Devil_n_Disquiz said :

canbe.

If people weren’t speeding, they would have no fear of points 1&2 that you raised.

So is the idea of speed cameras to make you drive slower, or to make money? Cause flashing your lights at people in warning serves one of these outcomes, and not flashing serves the other.

+1 vote for linking the message to a speed sensor, so it says, “have a nice day” to those doing the speed limit or less, and “slow down dickhead” to those going faster.

2.0 10:21 am 13 Sep 10

Saw this on the weekend, had a good laugh.

mutley 3:31 pm 12 Sep 10

Two weeks ago the sign on the Monaro Highway was requesting me to “Honk if UR horny”. Unfortunately I was too busy talking on my phone at the time to use it to take a snap. By the time we got back from the snow it had changed back to something more mundane.

Devil_n_Disquiz 2:42 pm 12 Sep 10

canbe.

If people weren’t speeding, they would have no fear of points 1&2 that you raised.

Me thinks its not screaming banshee that’s the unthinking, self-righteous citizen. Its the other clowns that think they are above the law and get caught by these voluntary revenue raising devices.

Mr Waffle 12:46 pm 12 Sep 10

Me no fry said :

I hope your “fantastic entertainment” doesn’t result in a nose to tail accident one day

Then the person behind was breaking the law by not following from an adequate distance (and going too fast if they were keeping up to the speeder), meaning both cars in such an accident were driving like dickheads.

canbe 12:45 pm 12 Sep 10

screaming banshee said :

What I would love to see is a device that sticks a bollard up in the middle of the road when some wanker is flashing their lights after passing a speed camera. Or the police could sit down the road in an unmarked waiting for people to do it…it is illegal.

Another unthinking, self-righteous citizen. Fantastic!

Have you ever stopped to think that those people who do warn other motorists of an imminent $200 fine are providing two community services.

1. They are saving someone a nasty bill.

2. They remind people that they may in fact be speeding, and regardless of the intent, they will slow down. Speed camera has done its duty without a crippling fine.

Why do you think the police dept allow commercial radio stations and gps devices to inform people of the location of speed cameras? Becasue it works, it slows people down.

Me no fry 12:10 pm 12 Sep 10

screaming banshee said :

Just for kicks sometimes I flash my headlights at people that look like they are going fast when I know there isn’t a speed camera. Fantasic entertainment seeing the brake lights come on in the rearview.

Presumably your inbuilt speed camera lets you know when people are going fast. I hope your “fantastic entertainment” doesn’t result in a nose to tail accident one day – but that won’t affect you too much as you swan off, glancing at the rearview mirror occasionally. Why don’t you leave the policing to the police.

Hells_Bells74 11:39 am 12 Sep 10

BimboGeek said :

The police seem to have trouble segmenting. There’s so much negative advertising and that’s great for a segment of the population that fears authority, but there are those of us who would probably pay more attention if the police advertising by the road said “Remember you’re in a 1.5 tonne projectile” or “Bikes don’t have crumple zones” or even just “Please be considerate of the other humans around you.” Why do they use such cheap and nasty advertising? Is it because the police officers commissioning the ads can’t imagine people being motivated by anything other than insults and fear of retribution?

+1

Tell a person enough and they believe it. So why not tell them something useful.

BimboGeek 11:17 am 12 Sep 10

The police seem to have trouble segmenting. There’s so much negative advertising and that’s great for a segment of the population that fears authority, but there are those of us who would probably pay more attention if the police advertising by the road said “Remember you’re in a 1.5 tonne projectile” or “Bikes don’t have crumple zones” or even just “Please be considerate of the other humans around you.” Why do they use such cheap and nasty advertising? Is it because the police officers commissioning the ads can’t imagine people being motivated by anything other than insults and fear of retribution?

canbe 10:55 am 12 Sep 10

Ha! I thought the ‘Your’e An Idiot’ campaign was a general admonishment of Australia’s collective voting pattern at the last Federal election.

BenMac 10:44 am 12 Sep 10

218 Using headlights on high-beam
(1) The driver of a vehicle must not use the vehicle’s headlights
on high-beam, or allow the vehicle’s headlights to be used
on high-beam, if the driver is driving:
(a) less than 200 metres behind a vehicle travelling in the
same direction as the driver; or
(b) less than 200 metres from an oncoming vehicle.

So as long as you’re not attempting to “dazzle” another driver, and you are at least 200m away from another car, it reads like flashing your lights to warn drivers is legal.

dvaey 10:41 am 12 Sep 10

vandam said :

Actually the cops ARE out there handing out fines. 207 in 19 days is a pretty good strike rate.

207 fines over 19 days is an average of nearly 11 per day. If theres a blitz happening, these are pretty poor results, is this ‘blitz’ being done by one officer? Even so, thats only an average of 1 ticket every 2hrs. I remember in the old days when theyd do a ‘blitz’ and theyd pick up that many in a weekend.

Pommy bastard said :

I’d love one to read;

“This is Australia…

….We drive on the left”

Almost … these signs appear along bits of the road from Melbourne to Adelaide.

screaming banshee said :

…when some wanker is flashing their lights after passing a speed camera. Or the police could sit down the road in an unmarked waiting for people to do it…it is illegal.

Its illegal? What do you do after you pass an accident scene, and see other vehicles approaching the scene? Do you flash your lights to give them a heads up? How is this different, except that in your case it costs the govt money, but in my example it could prevent a dangerous situation.

I sometimes wish that law about dazzling drivers with lights, would be applied to police vehicles. Ive often been driving at night and come upon a patrol car who has pulled someone over, with their strobe lights flashing. When driving at night, the absolute last thing you want is to be hit with a bright flash of light from the side of the road. Just because you need 10 million candlepower on a very sunny day, doesnt mean you need the same brightness on a clear dark night.

buzz819 10:11 am 12 Sep 10

bigred said :

Anyone hear good super Mark Colbran on the ABC on Thursday arvo? In a nutshell, he was challenged by callers about plod’s response to road rage. He left the studio with a fair bit of egg on his face, and I would imagine a few underlings would be dragged out of the donut shops and called to account.

Hey everyone look over here, bigred is on a cop bashing crusade, by again posting a post that has nothing to do with the thread to make his internet touch guy persona get bigger…

Hi bigred!

Gerry-Built 9:59 am 12 Sep 10

Outta Control said :

I didn’t know Sam Newman was writing their material …

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Gerry-Built 9:58 am 12 Sep 10

trevar said :

I still reckon the insults are a waste of time and money

I still rather that insult to “…U B NXT”

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