Dangerous Safety Messages

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.”

Really?

Surely someone is taking the piss.

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Cathy S December 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

LOL I find it equally bizarre that I can drive from Melbourne to Adelaide and on some open road sections this side of the border it’s only ‘safe’ to do 100 but once I hit Bordertown the laws of physics change so that it becomes ‘safe’ to do 110 :)
Common sense isn’t common at all!

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Tina December 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Hey Craig!

Yep, I’ve made the same observations and wondered why any intelligent being would come up with such a crazy idea. I’d heard that those big yellow ads that said “SEX” in huge letters were removed because they were distracting, and there was some sort of commotion about the posters of girls in underwear, but it’s OK if it’s warning us about being distracted….??!!! Hmmm!!

{{HUG}} Tina

PS Congratulate me, I became a Nana for the 21st time today!

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Craig December 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Congrats Nana! :)

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Tina December 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Thank you!! :)

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Paula December 6, 2013 at 1:57 am

THANK YOU! I’ve been noticing this discrepancy in logic in northern Germany where I live most of the time and in large cities (Chicago) in the U.S. There’s way too much to look at when we’re driving – and don’t even get me started on mile high billboards with moving images and text (mostly in the U.S.). Hello? Vehicles are moving at 120 kph / 65 mph with sometimes just inches in between them and no one seems to care if drivers are watching videos, texting and now trying to read warnings that are actually more like “get your head out” messages instead of driving. (Insert deity here) forbid if your child is not fastened beyond movement capability in a special, way too expensive seat (at least in the U.S.), but otherwise, let yourself browse distractions at will and drive like a maniac. The other drivers will watch out for you.

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Tasha December 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

Ha, yes I thought the same thing when I’ve seen signs like that!

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Bernie December 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Craig, you really should post that blog of the vicroads facebook page. it’s perfect.

cheers

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dave December 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm

My fave is ‘Make Sure Your Load Is Secure’….

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