Sunday, February 03, 2013

STOP Crying Wolf

Warning lights, I'm just tired of them.

What law says trash trucks have to have blinking lights all over the fucking place. All. The. Time?
Upper and lower turn signals, front and rear. PLUS a strobing xenon light in the middle. When stopping, especially on busy roads, I get it. Ok. Turn on all your flashy things. But why the fuck on a four lane highway at 60 mph do you need to? huh? Tell me.

Then there is school buses.  Around here they all have a bright white strobe on the roof. WTF?  I mean, first of all, they're huge and fucking yellow. When they slow down there are very bright yellow lights, that flash and when they stop... then there are those red flashing lights AND a stop sign. Who wrote the law or decided that the a blinking white light on the roof would be the thing that makes them safe??

Fire trucks - sigh. I have a lot of respect for these guys. And I do realize they are only following ordered or policy. See, around here they wash there little red fire trucks every day in the summer.  Part of that apparently is doing a flashy light inspection.  So, 3 of the stations that I drive by everyday pull their trucks out of the garage, right up to the edge of the street. We're talking over the side walk.  And inspect the lights.  That means they are all on and flashing... I stopped... got honked at from behind AND the fire truck driver waved me on... I'm still dumbfounded over this. Doesn't this train people not to stop when they see flashing fire truck lights?

I might need to take up drinking.

1 comment:

Inspector Clouseau said...

What's fascinating is the various ways warning lights appear on emergency vehicles in emerging countries....

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