Recently I was coming home on the freeway and noticed there had been traffic signals
installed across all three lanes of the freeway. This appalled me! It set me to thinking.
First I want to take up the "speed bump" subject.
I know everyone is familiar with speed bumps. They slow you down. Mostly, they slow
down the people that drive slow anyway and the fire department! Slow drivers are
incompetent, similar to the people that design speed bumps. The people who think
putting a speed bump every 100 or 200 hundred feet is a good idea are also
incompetent. NO! IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! It's stupid!
First, these speed bumps will not slow down a drunk driver who doesn't care. If
someone is in a big hurry, it doesn't slow them down either.
These obstacles are traffic jams caused by design. They cause increased pollution in
the residential neighborhoods caused by the constant slowing and acceleration of the
The overall value of these is NEGATIVE because they don't work! They do create traffic
A little history, as I understand it, to give you some background on why this idea is insane.
I may not have every detail accurately, but here is the basic idea. In 1956, President Eisenhower, signed a bill to create a national
highway system. It seemed there was not a good enough system in place to get the military from one side of country to the other. So to
solve this problem, the interstate freeways were started.
After enough years of intense construction
passed, man could actually drive from one
side of the country to the other, without
having to stop for a stop sign or stop light!
It was just like in the very old days before
there were stop signs at too many
intersections and traffic lights at too many
I'm not against stop signs and traffic signals.
I do believe they are necessary where traffic
flows cross each other sometimes!
Where there is only a merge of traffic onto
the freeway, to stop traffic, only serves to
further congest and extend the time vehicles
are running. These vehicles are spewing out
pollution and motorists have to sit needlessly.
Has ANYONE noticed an improvement in traffic congestion since they put traffic signals at the entrance of freeway on ramps? I can
answer the obvious, NO!
But to continue to install them when they don't work speaks of criminal rip off of the public! Someone's making money off these continued
installations of expensive hardware!
So in the near future, the "traffic engineers" will have reduced the freeways to parking lots by design. The ride to and from anywhere will
take longer. Productive time will be wasted. Four dollar a gallon gasoline will burn in hundreds or even thousands of vehicles with no
forward motion taking place and the atmosphere will be a little worse off.
I think we should create a name for the people who create these traffic jams...."HEAD JAMMERS!"
So my fellow American, when you get a chance to speak to one of your great leaders, a political figure, who hopefully will listen, tell them
to remove the traffic lights and stop the stop sign epidemic!
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Next let me mention STOP signs!
There was a commercial on TV that showed a crew planting a stop sign about every 50 feet. It was
funny but too close to the truth to be enjoyable.
Today, I took the odometer reading as I approached a stop sign, STOP sign number one. The trip
mileage was 171.1.
By the time I was at STOP sign number seven, my mileage was 171.8! So the average was an "All
Way STOP" every one tenth of a mile! This is ridiculous!
Being somewhat of a rebel, while I don't recommend this and never would do it, I've wanted to take a
truck and go down the street and pull about two thirds of these unnecessary traffic barriers up!
What these all way stop signs do is to slow traffic to a crawl, generate undeserved income to the
local government and create excessive wear and tear on our vehicles!
I've personally observed squad cars and motorcycle cops parked just up the side streets waiting to
prey on the local mother driving down the street!
Traffic control is a designed stop of flow, designed by incompetent engineers or
Now, let me address the worst offender! Traffic signals, RED LIGHTS, across all lanes of a freeway that will
STOP, I DO MEAN COMPLETELY STOP, ALL THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC!
There are at least four speed
bumps in this picture!