Thursday, September 9, 2010

Scary Stupid

Canada unveils new speed bump: optical illusion of a child
Officials in West Vancouver, Canada, apparently aren't satisfied with the driver-slowing properties of traditional speed bumps. On Tuesday, the town unveiled a new way to persuade motorists to ease off the gas pedal in the vicinity of the École Pauline Johnson Elementary School: a 2-D image of a child playing, creating the illusion that the approaching driver will soon blast into a child.
This is the dumbest thing ever. What is to prevent someone from panicking and swerving into another car? Why does it have to be an image of a child? A far better and more intelligent image would simply be a speed sign popping up. There's still a chance of panic but at least it wouldn't be as severe.

The best solution would simply be to make a speed bump that would damage a car if it went over it too quickly. Hit that thing at 40mph and you're gonna lose a muffler.

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