Posted by: Kath Usitalo | November 18, 2011

ROADSIDE CHIDE

MDOT sign on US 2 west of St. Ignace

MOVE OVER OR SLOW FOR EMER VEHICLES

The Michigan Department of Transportation has installed an Intelligent Transportation System, described as a “combination of electronics, telecommunications and information technology to the transportation sector for improving safety and travel time on the transportation system.”

MDOT MITS Center (MDOT photo)

Components of the multi-million dollar project, called MITS (Michigan Intelligent Transportation Systems) include closed-circuit video cameras to monitor traffic, vehicle detectors that gauge vehicle numbers and speeds, and electronic message signs.

Those message boards along the highways effectively shout, in capital letters, driver’s ed instructions:

BUCKLE UP EVERY TRIP EVERY TIME

DON’T VEER FOR DEER

ROAD RAGE DON’T ENGAGE

BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

THUMBS ON THE WHEEL NOT ON THE TEXT

MOVE OVER OR SLOW FOR TOW TRUCKS & COURTESY VANS

Dozens of these Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) dot state roadways, and not just along the busy expressways and interstates. I was dismayed to see one on US-2 near Naubinway in the Upper Peninsula (pictured at top).

Do you know anyone who thinks these signs are a good idea? We don’t.

I have one question for MDOT:

Where do I apply for the job of government scold—the one who writes these ditties for the DMS?

I can almost see my first command in lights:

EYES ON THE ROAD NOT ON THIS WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY

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Responses

  1. Grinning, Kath. I think they should hire you! (Haven’t seen one of these signs yet. Need to travel around Michigan some more…)

    • Oh, you’re not missing anything!

  2. If you can learn a bit of hacking Kath you might join the group who posted these! https://www.google.com/search?q=Hacked+road+signs&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=tsX&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=333KTt6RLKiIsQLjguVn&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1649&bih=804

  3. Ha Ha Gary, funny.


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