While Driving Across southern New Mexico this morning, I rolled my eyes a bit at a warning sign: “Dust Storms May Exist”. Well yeah, so might space aliens bent on beaming someone up from the desert. Reminds me of the one I see farther north: “Icy Conditions May Exist”. Are lawyers writing road signs now? Maybe charging by the letter?
When I was a kid, the latter just said “Icy” but I guess people ridiculed that when it was summertime. But really, “conditions may exist”? With all the unemployed newspaper reporters out there who have the ability to be concise, they couldn’t hire just one of them at the Federal Highway Administration to help with the road signs?
How about “Dust Storm Area” or “May Be Icy”? Added advantage: both are shorter and easier to read when zooming by at 75 MPH (not to mention those who take the speed limit as a minimum).
The hazards are real, but convoluted language just doesn’t make it when you really want people to pay attention to what’s going on outside the car. It’s hard enough to get drivers to look at something besides their cell phones.
Make it quicker, highway bureaucrats. And take this as a sign that intellectual dissatisfaction may exist. Or should I say “Ire”?