Sunday, September 30, 2007

Can't You Read the Signs? Nope. Nada. Not In This Town!

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign. Blocking out the scenery, changing my mind. Do this, dont do that. Can't you read the signs? Remember that song from I think it was, the 80's. You know, what's now considered classic? Well, enough of that. We see so many sings that sometime it seems we get information overload. The ones we see everyday, we often just fly right by without giving a glance. But in Oakbrook, Illinois, some signs are being put up that might just grab your attention.

A big red sign that says "Stop" sometimes isn't enough to get everyone to stop. Maybe a laugh will get their attention. Or at least chuckle. Even roll their eyes - just so long as they stop treating village streets like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. BILLION DOLLAR FINE, says one. AND SMELL THE ROSES, says another.

But seriously, folks, Oak Lawn's joker-in-chief wants drivers to slow down and obey the rules of the road. "I thought it might make people smile and take notice," Mayor Dave Heilmann said as he launched the campaign Friday. "You've got people on their cell phones, their BlackBerries and iPods while driving. Those are all distractions. To start, between 40 and 50 will go up, mostly near schools, and more could follow. Heilmann estimated the cost of the first batch at about a few thousand dollars.

Signs are there for a purpose and in this town, there are more than a dozen variations on the theme, all written by Heilmann, who came up with the idea after listening to yet another resident complain about drivers who ignore stop signs. His favorite? IN THE NAAAAME OF LOVE. I got this press release and checked out all my news sources and could not find a picture of the signs anywhere on the net. So, I was relegated to finding funny signs and putting them here on Discover Insanity. Now I know why.

The mayor was not laughing Friday when he discovered that, contrary to a press release the village had issued a few hours earlier, the signs hadn't been installed yet. In fact, he used a naughty word to describe his response to the news. This 'wild and crazzzzy mayor' may not have his signs up yet but if you want your car done right in this town, at least there's a good car was to do it!

At least this mayor's got a sense of humor. It might be too soon to know whether the alternative signs will work. But while the mayor was posing for a photo with one of the new signs, a driver sped by without stopping. I wonder what people would think about this billboard if they saw it? Yikes!