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Posted: 9/8/2010 1:12:46 PM EDT
Well, ok, not really:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100908/od_yblog_upshot/canada-unveils-new-speed-bump-optical-illusions-of-children

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.

According to Discover magazine, the pavement painting appears to rise up as the driver gets closer to it, reaching full 3-D realism at around 100 feet: "Its designers created the image to give drivers who travel at the street's recommended 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) enough time to stop before hitting Pavement Patty –– acknowledging the spectacle before they continue to safely roll over her."
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:16:34 PM EDT

Sweet...

(But they'd do better with a picture of Heidi Klum.)
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:19:02 PM EDT
This will last until the first time a driver panics and runs off the road into a tree.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:19:49 PM EDT
'Pavement Patty'


new Arfcom meme?
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:20:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:24:48 PM EDT
No comment.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:25:03 PM EDT
This gives new meaning to the term: "Why don't you just go play in traffic!"
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:27:15 PM EDT
Someone needs to make one of those that is a zombie.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:27:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 1:29:10 PM EDT by lostnswv]
So will people look at me funny if I get into a big urban assault vehicle and run over these devices at high speed while laughing with maniacal glee? Maybe even while screaming out the window, "too bad they are not real children."
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:31:03 PM EDT
...until people get used to them and start running over real children.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:32:16 PM EDT
I smell a lawsuit when someone not paying attention panics and swerves into one of the support columns.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:32:32 PM EDT
This will work awesome until people mistake a real kid for an illusory one, which they subsequently ignore, thus killing a kid.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:35:30 PM EDT
That will very quickly have either a big skid mark on it or someone will do a burnout on it.

The lawsuit should be interesting.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:36:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By xmetalhedx:
...until people get used to them and start running over real children.

BINGO
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:36:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By xmetalhedx:
...until people get used to them and start running over real children.


My thought too.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:37:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By xmetalhedx:
...until people get used to them and start running over real children.


This right here.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:39:01 PM EDT
Would be better with naked chicks pictures.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:39:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 1:45:04 PM EDT by TheCanuck]
They should just put bare breasted hot ladies holding signs over their head telling drivers to slow down on every street corner.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:40:23 PM EDT
The Law of Unintended Consequences comes to mind.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:42:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Subnet:
The Law of Unintended Consequences comes to mind.


Attempted homicide, soon to be followed by manslaughter?
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:43:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By xmetalhedx:
...until people get used to them and start running over real children.

this
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:44:54 PM EDT
Again reminding us that people in government have no clue about the difference between a novel quick fix and a real solution that works. Speed bumps are at least as stupid. How about enforce the law, enforce it so hard it hurts.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:46:43 PM EDT
out of

Kharn
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:47:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By huaco:
Again reminding us that people in government have no clue about the difference between a novel quick fix and a real solution that works. Speed bumps are at least as stupid. How about enforce the law, enforce it so hard it hurts.

Here's another one that's worked for me: I don't let my kids play in the street. I have a yard and a driveway. Roads are for motor vehicles, they're not playgrounds.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:47:26 PM EDT
This is what happens when you are forced to subsist on gay pseudo-bacon.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:47:28 PM EDT
Nice.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:49:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PBIR:
This is what happens when you are forced to subsist on gay pseudo-bacon.


And bags of milk...

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:49:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Subnet:

Originally Posted By huaco:
Again reminding us that people in government have no clue about the difference between a novel quick fix and a real solution that works. Speed bumps are at least as stupid. How about enforce the law, enforce it so hard it hurts.

Here's another one that's worked for me: I don't let my kids play in the street. I have a yard and a driveway. Roads are for motor vehicles, they're not playgrounds.


Common sense: it's uncommon nowadays.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:52:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By xmetalhedx:
...until people get used to them and start running over real children.

Yep. This was my first thought as well.

It's the equivalent of the government "crying wolf". Some kid is going to get run over because of this stupidity.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:53:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 1:59:59 PM EDT by Lowjack545]
Originally Posted By huaco:
Again reminding us that people in government have no clue about the difference between a novel quick fix and a real solution that works. Speed bumps are at least as stupid. How about enforce the law, enforce it so hard it hurts.



or do something that actually works like a few towns in germany where they got rid of traffic signs, laws and reduced traffic, wrecks while also, slowing down the general speed and made the police happy

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/2185762/German-town-bans-road-signs-to-cut-accidents.html

but thats a Libertarian idea so it must be whacked out crazy!!!

its called shared space and its working
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:54:05 PM EDT
Just be sure not to park next to one of those.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:55:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Originally Posted By Subnet:
Originally Posted By huaco:
Again reminding us that people in government have no clue about the difference between a novel quick fix and a real solution that works. Speed bumps are at least as stupid. How about enforce the law, enforce it so hard it hurts.

Here's another one that's worked for me: I don't let my kids play in the street. I have a yard and a driveway. Roads are for motor vehicles, they're not playgrounds.

Common sense: it's uncommon nowadays.

To channel Twain, "Common sense ain't."
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:56:28 PM EDT
My parents taught me to look both ways before crossing the street. I lived on a dirt road and I still had a healthy fear of the street and cars coming down it.

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:57:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By xmetalhedx:
...until people get used to them and start running over real children.

Bingo.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:57:35 PM EDT
Retards in Canada too I guess.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:59:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By xmetalhedx:
...until people get used to them and start running over real children.


Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:00:27 PM EDT
lol, what could go wrong.

Some idiot not paying attention looks up sees that, locks the brakes up and hits parked cars and a tree all to avoid a decal.

That's be fun.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:01:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:04:42 PM EDT
"This will last until the first time a driver panics and runs off the road into a tree."

This proves that the government hires idiots to come up with traffic plans. That Canadian Government entity should hire some of our traffic engineers from Los Angeles. We benefit from getting rid of them. Canada benefits because they will do nothing stupid (emphasis on nothing).
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:11:56 PM EDT
This is another liberal answer to making you obey them. Make you "feel" like you're going to hit a child. Like others said, that's fine until someone drives off the road thinking they're avoiding a hazard.

Libs need to use magnets, or something like that to fix perceived problems while they create new disasters.

Lawyers are watching this just salivating at the possibilities.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:51:41 PM EDT
And what are they going to do when there is snow on the ground?
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:55:17 PM EDT
I'd hit it.... with my truck!


-Foxxz
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:55:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By xmetalhedx:
...until people get used to them and start running over real children.


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