Sometimes things don’t work out they way they should. And now children in Salem, MA are learning that lesson every time they come and go from school.
Right near the Carlton School, the state installed a new light with an Enhanced Pedestrian Warning System in the crosswalk. According to the Salem News, when pedestrians press the button to cross the street, they hear this audio recording:
“Cross street with caution. Vehicles may not stop.”
So forget everything the Sesame Street gang told you. Even if you cross in the crosswalk, hold hands, and look both ways–you can still get run over by a truck.
If stating the obvious turns out to be an effective use of taxpayer money, perhaps we should install audio warnings on other things:
- Condom Packages –“Copulate with caution. STDs and semen may penetrate prophylactic.”
- Church Altars–“Say ‘I Do’ with caution. Marriage may not last.”
- Sushi Bars–“Eat with caution. Consuming raw or undercooked foods may cause you to poop or vomit.”
- Amusement Rides–“Ride with caution. Restraints may not function properly.”
- Super Bowl Halftime Show–“View with caution. Television network may not block out obscenities and nudity.”
Readers– do you have any ideas for useful Enhanced Warning Systems?