We drove from the Austin area to the Texas coast this weekend for a mini-vacation, and along the way I got to see my favorite Texas sign of all time:
I love this sign because it's so utterly pointless. If someone's not observing warning signs, then guess what? They're not going to observe this warning sign, either!
I weep when I think of the time and money spent first proposing and passing this idiotic law, and then having to make and erect the signs which only those who are already looking at signs are going to see.
Now, it would be easy to simply leave this entire issue with "What a dumb law", but that's not why I get paid the big blogging bucks. Oh no, my friend, I get paid the big blogging bucks to think beyond the first level of idiocy, to explore how this kind of thing reverberates throughout the idiocracy, to examine every possible permutation of how stupid can infect everything around it, even unto the last generation.
- If this is in fact a completely separate law, why doesn't everyone who breaks a traffic ordinance get two tickets, one for breaking the first law and one for not observing the sign warning them about the law they were breaking?
- If we didn't have the law about observing traffic signs, would it then be legal to violate the laws marked by the signs?
- Is the law only that you have to observe the sign, but not actually obey what it tells you?
- "You were going 110 in a 35, son, didn't you see that speed limit sign?"
- "Why yes I did, officer, since I am a good Texas citizen I always make it a point to observe every warning sign. I ignored it, but I definitely observed it."
- "Ah, well then, have a good day."
- Does this law apply to blind people? After all, they can't observe the signs at all. Of course, if you have a bunch of blind people driving around, probably their lack of sign observationing is the least of your worries.
In any event, it was difficult not to swerve the truck onto the shoulder to smash the sign down, just to see if the arresting officer would give me one ticket or two when I said, "Gosh I'm sorry, sir, I just didn't observe it there."