"I crashed my car trying to read that sign, officer."
The ONLY reason that such things exist are so that law enforcement officers can exact a toll on the public. The sign does not say times according to your watch, but the court will uphold times according to the officer's watch. The amount of money wasted on making and erecting the signs and agreeing on the times etc. is humongous and the citizens of that area should complain about the wasted funds.
Of course, I dare say this came about as the confluence of several overlapping bits of knot-headedness.Staggered start and end times for the school day over a 2 hour span... ...since no one wanted to raise property taxes to alleviate overcrowded classrooms, ...which meant extending the time for the 25 mph school zone times to a 2 hour period both mornings and afternoons....which caused drivers in the area to bitch and moan and insist they make the 25 mph times as short as possible....which necessitated the ludicrous traffic sign.PS: Hey Anonymous -- every school zone I've ever driven through had prominent flashing yellow lights to alert drivers to the fact the 25 mph speed limit in effect. No watches needed.
Dr. Ralph - I live in a rural area where we don't have newfangled things like timed flashing lights.We do, however, have staggered start and end times for elementary, middle, and high school. Not because of overcrowded classrooms, but to optimize the use of school buses. Not only is that a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars, it also makes things easier on parents who drive their kids to school and who have kids in different schools.To simplify things, reduced speed limits are in effect in all school zones from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. That's pretty easy to understand, even for us country bumpkins.
What ever happened to "when children are present"?I'm certain we know when there is a pedestrian in a crosswalk. We see bicyclists in our lane. We notice when stores we pass are open or closed. I'm quite sure we can tell whether children are present. We can usually hear them three blocks away.Now, if there's only one child present, the little bugger is road pizza.
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