Monday, May 5, 2008

Wacky Stop Signs

And in non-news, according to, the city of Oak Lawn, Illinois, got 3M to pay for some wacky stop signs. The city wanted to draw more attention to the stop signs everyone was ignoring. "So the state transportation department stepped in and yelled 'Stop!' Apparently this violates some federal rule about uniform traffic signs and the city could lose its federal funds."

Apparently. Haha. Yeah, yeah, this is pretty clever for the first 3 times you see it. Then I'm sure everyone will go right back to ignoring the signs and rolling through them. Still, pretty funny. I see they steered clear of the clich├ęs and didn't do a "collaborate and LISTEN" or"Hammertime!" sign. Which is too bad.

Sowellman from Flickr reiterates:
"This was one of 50 signs erected in September 2007 in Oak Lawn, Ill., a south Chicago suburb. The mayor was tired of people cruising through stop signs and thought maybe the signs would bring added compliance. At the end of April 2008, the Illinois Department of Transportation ordered the signs removed, saying they violated a federal sign law and their presence could jeopardize federal grants used for road projects."
(From Truemors, Sowellman's Photostream, Chicago Tribune Op Ed)

PS: Happy Cinco de Mayo!


moowiesqrd said...

Talk about party poopers... I think, as long as the actual octagonal STOP sign is there, all cleverness should be welcome. Especially "in the naaaame of love"

W. E. B. Du Blag said...

Hahaha, I know.

PS: I love the visceral reaction to the "naaaame of love." Everyone goes "huh?" then "YEAH!"

Oh U2. So safe. So well-known.