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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #250 on: April 20, 2018, 12:28:19 PM »

I saw this last night on Imgur:


It was also posted on Reddit.

RI's confused comedic attempt to inform drivers about Work Zone Awareness Week perhaps.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #251 on: April 20, 2018, 12:57:56 PM »

I saw this last night on Imgur:


It was also posted on Reddit.

RI's confused attempt to inform drivers about Work Zone Awareness Week perhaps.
I wouldn't say confused, so much as a comedic attempt that likely went sailing over many people's heads.

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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #252 on: April 20, 2018, 08:43:11 PM »

I'm surprised no one has jumped on a recent story out of Seattle.  For some reason, a VMS on I-5 displayed the message "U SUCK" to motorists.  Here's a link to the story which includes a photo of the sign... https://sso.cmgdigital.com/static/server.html?origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kiro7.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fu-suck-appears-on-i-5-traffic-sign%2F734138678
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #253 on: April 29, 2018, 11:56:17 PM »

This was on VMSs in Metro Detroit a week or so ago:

A STEERING WHEEL
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #254 on: April 30, 2018, 11:07:54 AM »

I saw these all across I-80 in Nebraska on Friday. It seems like a sad attempt at a rhyme :pan:

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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #255 on: April 30, 2018, 04:12:32 PM »

There's a new VMS on I-49 near the 412 bip-pass:

Drive Hammered
Get Nailed


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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #256 on: April 30, 2018, 07:46:28 PM »

There's a new VMS on I-49 near the 412 bip-pass:

Drive Hammered
Get Nailed


This apparently was copied from ADOT.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #257 on: April 30, 2018, 08:04:13 PM »

There's a new VMS on I-49 near the 412 bip-pass:

Drive Hammered
Get Nailed


This apparently was copied from ADOT.

ARDOT admits they are copying other states
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #258 on: May 01, 2018, 01:57:15 AM »

"OUI RUINS LIVES"

MassDOT should learn that punctuation matters, as I don't understand why French affirmatives ruin lives.

I have no idea what it even means.  Good job, MassDOT.  For all I know, OUI is a political organization and MassDOT is telling me not to vote for them.

Besides, the common parlance around here is DUI, not OUI.

We use DWI down in Texas.
I believe they mean different things. I think one is alcohol, while the other is alcohol or other drugs. Don't remember which one is which, though

Driving While Intoxicated

Driving Under (the) Influence.

I believe DUI is more broad than DWI.

Letters D and O are not even close from each other on the keyboard, so maybe OUI means Operating Under Influence?

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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #259 on: May 01, 2018, 01:36:06 PM »

"OUI RUINS LIVES"

MassDOT should learn that punctuation matters, as I don't understand why French affirmatives ruin lives.

I have no idea what it even means.  Good job, MassDOT.  For all I know, OUI is a political organization and MassDOT is telling me not to vote for them.

Besides, the common parlance around here is DUI, not OUI.

We use DWI down in Texas.
I believe they mean different things. I think one is alcohol, while the other is alcohol or other drugs. Don't remember which one is which, though

Driving While Intoxicated

Driving Under (the) Influence.

I believe DUI is more broad than DWI.

Letters D and O are not even close from each other on the keyboard, so maybe OUI means Operating Under Influence?

Just askin'...
Yes, the "O" stands for "Operating". But not all drunk drivers are surgeons! :)
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #260 on: May 01, 2018, 01:48:51 PM »

DUI - Driving under the influence
OUI - Operating under the influence
DWI - Driving while intoxicated

The specific acronym used in each state has much to do with how that particular state's laws are phrased.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #261 on: May 01, 2018, 05:53:58 PM »

DUI - Driving under the influence
OUI - Operating under the influence
DWI - Driving while intoxicated

The specific acronym used in each state has much to do with how that particular state's laws are phrased.

There's also DUII, which is driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Also, some states have BUI or CUI -- biking/cycling under the influence.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #262 on: May 04, 2018, 03:45:46 PM »

Seen this morning on a VMS along WB I-66 in Arlington VA, between Lee Hwy. (US 29) and Glebe Rd. (VA 120):

MAY THE 4TH
BE WITH YOU

DRIVE SAFELY

Alas, by the time I went back there with my camera, the afternoon rush was approaching, and the VMS was changed to toll-related messages. After the tolls ended for the day, and also in the EB lanes both afternoon and evening, the VMSes just showed travel times.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #263 on: May 04, 2018, 07:59:52 PM »

Rhode Island had something about drunk driving leading to the Dark Side. I suppose that's better than an earlier message about drunk driving having a Ripple effect. That message was tailor made for the late Fred Sanford.

I don't know if I'm glad that other states have absurd VMS messages. Frankly,I'm more interested in how long it takes to get to Providence or the CT/RI border.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #264 on: May 04, 2018, 08:04:44 PM »

Rhode Island had something about drunk driving leading to the Dark Side.

December 2016 on I-55, courtesy of AHTD / ARDOT around the time Rouge One was to debut in theaters:

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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #265 on: May 05, 2018, 04:12:23 AM »

Well this is from back when it snowed here in Texas this winter.

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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #266 on: May 07, 2018, 01:25:39 PM »

Missouri never fails to disappoint.  Or, rather, it always manages to disappoint.

I saw this one yesterday on I-35:
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   #BUPD
Buckle   Up
Phone  Down

Seriously??  A hashtag??  Are we trying to be cool??
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #267 on: May 21, 2018, 10:55:53 AM »

Missouri never fails to disappoint.  Or, rather, it always manages to disappoint.

I saw this one yesterday on I-35:
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   #BUPD
Buckle   Up
Phone  Down

Seriously??  A hashtag??  Are we trying to be cool??
And by using a hashtag, they may inadvertently be encouraging DWT (Driving While Texting), a/k/a OWT (Operating While Texting).
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #268 on: May 21, 2018, 11:32:48 AM »

This was on VMSs in Metro Detroit a week or so ago:

A STEERING WHEEL
       IS NOT A
HANDS-FREE DEVICE


But Louisiana has "Hands Free" Zones ;)
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« Reply #269 on: May 21, 2018, 03:43:34 PM »

Missouri never fails to disappoint.  Or, rather, it always manages to disappoint.

I saw this one yesterday on I-35:
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   #BUPD
Buckle   Up
Phone  Down

Seriously??  A hashtag??  Are we trying to be cool??
And by using a hashtag, they may inadvertently be encouraging DWT (Driving While Texting), a/k/a OWT (Operating While Texting).

I know in ADOT's Safety Message Contest, they actually said no to submissions containing hashtags.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #270 on: May 21, 2018, 10:14:19 PM »

Taken last Saturday near Centreville, IL.  Blurred by the rain, but still readable.



For those who can't read, it's written:

CARS HAVE BUMPERS
BIKERS HAVE BONES
SHARE THE ROAD
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« Reply #271 on: May 22, 2018, 12:37:49 PM »

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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #272 on: May 22, 2018, 02:34:59 PM »

Taken last Saturday near Centreville, IL.  Blurred by the rain, but still readable.



For those who can't read, it's written:

CARS HAVE BUMPERS
BIKERS HAVE BONES
SHARE THE ROAD
Display a cyclist safety message on a road where cyclists aren't legally allowed to travel.  No wonder they call the agency IDIOT.  (In fairness, MassDOT's done the same thing - but with a more conventional message - in the past.)
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #273 on: May 22, 2018, 02:55:34 PM »

Taken last Saturday near Centreville, IL.  Blurred by the rain, but still readable.



For those who can't read, it's written:

CARS HAVE BUMPERS
BIKERS HAVE BONES
SHARE THE ROAD
Display a cyclist safety message on a road where cyclists aren't legally allowed to travel.  No wonder they call the agency IDIOT.  (In fairness, MassDOT's done the same thing - but with a more conventional message - in the past.)

They're referring to motorcycles.

Many states have a similar message.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #274 on: May 22, 2018, 03:00:39 PM »

Taken last Saturday near Centreville, IL.  Blurred by the rain, but still readable.



For those who can't read, it's written:

CARS HAVE BUMPERS
BIKERS HAVE BONES
SHARE THE ROAD
Display a cyclist safety message on a road where cyclists aren't legally allowed to travel.  No wonder they call the agency IDIOT.  (In fairness, MassDOT's done the same thing - but with a more conventional message - in the past.)

They're referring to motorcycles.

Many states have a similar message.


D'oh!  Thanks for the clarification.  Around here, 'bikers' and 'cyclists' are used interchangeably to describe bicycle riders.  And "Share The Road" is normally used by DOTs and others in reference to bicycles, not motorcycles.  Hence my confusion.
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