There Still Are Kids to Run Over, You Can Accelerate

Can sarcasm be efficient in road safety? 1 photo
Photo: Caradisiac
Having a road sign reading "There still are kids to run over, you can accelerate" installed in a village may seem shocking to some, but it appears like this is a last-resort attempt from the mayor of Breteniere, Cote-d'Or, France.
Mayor Herve Bruyere says that he knows the message on the road sign may look disturbing for some of the 800 inhabitants of Breteniere. He hopes that its rather gloomy message will be more successful than the "Watch out for our children" previously installed and completely ignored.

A straight line in the village is not helping at all keeping speed down

Mr. Bruyere also adds that te decision to have such a shocking message on display is one of the last resorts in his efforts to make roads safer in the village.

Before this sign was installed in late 2014, the local authorities have tried a lot of other things. A roundabout, limiting speed to 30 km/h (18 mph), modified right of way, and speed bumps, everything has been tested, but the results have been modest.

A big sector of the street in Breteniere is straight, and this seems to be one of the causes road users are not slowing down. The idea is not entirely new, as it looks like similar road signs and messages have been used before in France, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais zone, as caradisiac reports.

Does sarcasm work?

Several inhabitants of Breteniere have already expressed their discontent with the sign and the potential results it may cause. Frankly, seeing an idiot accelerating would not surprise us, because we just know that such nincompoops DO exist.

It's hard to anticipate how successful sarcasm and irony can be in such scenarios, motorbiker seems to agree. In a world where education is apparently less and less important for the average individual, being able to understand sarcasm and process the real meaning of such messages becomes an art. And you know that when it comes to art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
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