No life-changing wisdom today, just a simple (and mildly amusing) observation…
I was just driving along Nepean Highway (here in Melbourne) and my attention was drawn to a huge flashing sign sitting on a trailer on the median strip which said “Hey you! Get off your phone” (no, I wasn’t on my phone). It then scrolled to another message which said something about risky behaviour and fines. I found it ironic that, in order to for me to pay attention to their flashing sign, I had to stop paying attention to the traffic and the road in front of me. To be able to read their very important scrolling safety message, I had to look across three lanes (I was in the far left lane) and spend ten to fifteen seconds trying to decipher some flashing words.
Amazingly, someone somewhere got paid for that idea.
Similarly, last week I was driving on Eastlink (a tollway in Melbourne) and another flashing and scrolling sign also demanded my attention. This one stretched over the road and said “distractions cause collisions, give driving your full attention.”
Surely someone is taking the piss.