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Monday, October 08, 2007
Illinois Introduces Funny Stop Signs
A big red sign that says, "Stop" sometimes isn't enough to get everyone to stop. Maybe a laugh will get their attention.
A Chicago suburb has installed another stop sign beneath the regular ones at 50 intersections with messages, including "WHOAAA" or "Stop ... and smell the roses."
Launching the campaign, Mayor Dave Heilmann said, "I thought it might make people smile and take notice. You've got people on their cell phones, their BlackBerries and iPods while driving. Those are all distractions. Hopefully, when they see a sign they're not expecting it might make them stop."
Just like real stop signs, the “secondary” signs are red octagons, but instead of just "Stop" they say "Stop ... right there pilgrim" and "Stop ... in the name of love."
It might be too soon to know whether if the alternative signs will work. But while the mayor was posing for a photo next to one of the new signs, a driver sped by without stopping.
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