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Is There No Detail Too Small For The Feds To Regulate?

Is There No Detail Too Small For The Feds To Regulate?

The federal government is forcing states and municipalities to change the lettering on street signs from all CAPS to initial Caps because it supposedly is easier for motorists to read, and therefore will save milliseconds of driver attention which might, I repeat, MIGHT, save lives.

I understand uniformity of traffic signs on major highways and roads, but street name signs?

As reported by the NEW YORK POST, sorry, New York Post, $27 million to change NYC signs from all-caps:

Federal copy editors are demanding the city change its 250,900 street signs — such as these for Perry Avenue in The Bronx — from the all-caps style used for more than a century to ones that capitalize only the first letters.

Changing BROADWAY to Broadway will save lives, the Federal Highway Administration contends in its updated Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, citing improved readability.  At $110 per sign, it will also cost the state $27.6 million, city officials said….

Studies have shown that it is harder to read all-caps signs, and those extra milliseconds spent staring away from the road have been shown to increase the likelihood of accidents, particularly among older drivers, federal documents say.

The new regulations also require a change in font from the standard highway typeface to Clearview, which was specially developed for this purpose.

As a result, even numbered street signs will have to be replaced.

Interestingly, the article notes that the rules do not apply to traffic on the internet:

“On the Internet, writing in all caps means you are shouting,” she said. “Our new signs can quiet down, as well.”

Or should I say, don’t apply, YET.

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You people are morons. They found these signs more effective, and changed the standard. New signs need to be written in some font anyway, may as well be one that will cause fewer collisions. They're not coming for you children, take a valium.

The average life of a street sign is 10 years. Which means these signs could be replaced with the changes as normal. This is a stupid, fake issue.

I write this as someone with a cataract who thinks that more reflective signs with Caps instead of CAPS would be such a relief for driving because it would be more like .5 or even 1 second difference trying to figure out (in little glances at a time) what that sign says at a distance that will let me turn on it if it's the street I need:
TOO. MUCH. GOVERNMENT. OVERSIGHT.
And yes, I was shouting. I would love all signs in the world to be easier to read – but I also have the ability to drive around the block if I miss the street. There are far better uses for time and money when both are in short supply. No, it's not a super-big deal – but what if government regulation allowed me to SUE some poor little hamlet that gets maybe 100 non-local visitors a year because they can't afford to update their signs? THAT is where this is going. THAT is why this is a problem. Because if there's a federal law dictating something, someone will then sue an entity that can't afford to pay because they couldn't afford to follow the regulation.

This is another non-issue.

We want the Federal Government to manage anything to do with roads and highways so that there is uniformity from state to state and drivers don't have to freak out because Texas uses green stop signs while Oklahoma uses pink ones.

Oh, and by the way, we choose to use the tools of government to help us manage the mechanics of our society, in addition to protecting our constitutionally protected rights and liberties.

yossarian,

Who, exactly, are you saying wants the Congress to manage everything to do with roads and highways? I don't. States are capable of uniformity without unConstitutional regulations from Congress.

And who, exactly, are you saying chooses to use the "tools of government" to help us manage the mechanics of our society? I don't choose that. I choose to vote only for candidate who expressly state they WILL NOT try to manage the mechanics of our society.

And who, exactly, are you saying desires anything more from the United States than protecting our constitutionally guaranteed rights and liberties? That is the extent of what we have empowered the United States to do – nothing more, nothing less – and I don't want anything more or anything less from them.


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