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Humorous Stop Signs are A "No Go"

Stop signs are a part of everyday life. You can't go more than a few blocks in any direction without seeing a handful. So it's no surprise that sometimes we begin to ignore them. Which is why residents of Oak Lawn, Illinois had no issue when some additional "stopping power" was put into place.

Such a thing came in the form of an additional sign under the stop sign that quoted some easily recognizable phrases associated with "Stop!". Some examples can be seen here:

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A few others not pictured above include, "and smell the roses," "collaborate and listen," "means your not moving" and "Hammer Time!!"

Most of the town, including the Mayor, found them to be amusing and saw no issue in allowing them to stay. Sadly, the Illinios Department of Transportation didn't not share the same opinion. They claimed it was in violation of the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and needed to be removed ASAP. Since federal funding for projects could be paused, the town decided it was best to remove the $1,700 worth of amusement. Tragic.

Via : Associate Press

George Delozier
Motorized Innovations
InventorSpot.com

Comments
May 4, 2008
by Diana Eid

Awww

These are so cool, it's a shame they had to be removed. Maybe they would have actually worked! 

 

May 23, 2008
by Anonymous

Amazing Stop Signs

So sad to read such cool signs are removed, that Illinois Department of Transportation lacks both creativity and sense of humor to vote against them >_< I especially miss that Supremes inspired "Stop, in the Name of Love" sign :-(

Dec 19, 2008
by Anonymous

A mistake to remove them

In my area, stop signs are 'decorated' with sharpies. We've got a "Stop smoking" and a "Stop Voldemort". Every week they get cleaned and every week they're back up. Why not just leave these- it's better (and probably a lot cheaper) then constantly removing vandalism.