RI Mentality  

candy69sosweet 61F
10901 posts
12/9/2005 11:58 pm
RI Mentality

My state is so freaking intelligent. NOT!!!

First let me give you some background. Everyone knows we are the biggest little state in the union. 45 miles north to south, about 35 miles east to west. This includes the waterways between the two island communities. Can there possibly be some terrible accident or massive road construction that would tie up traffic for hours? I suppose so...especially since I've sat in my share of road blocks.

But are they often enough to validate spending thousands and thousands of dollars on electronic emergency message signs? I think not.

OK, here's what I'm talking about. We only have like three interstate highways here. In the last year, these giant computerized satelite posts (or whatever they are!) were put up on many main highways and interstates. We wondered, "What are those for?"

Then came the cameras. Mounted near red lights. Some thought they were to take pics of speeders and people who blew lights. Nope, guess again. They are to take pictures and report back to the main computer viz the satelite post thingies, to the main computer. What are they supposed to report, you might ask? Traffic problems. Congestion. Accidents.

Most of the time, they are useful. Today they were useless.

This morning, on the way to work through a driving blizzard, the sign said that there was congestion on 295 through exit 6. I contemplated going an alternate route, but didn't because that would take me through the state capital. Don't want to do that at rush hour. Nope, not gonna do it.

I drove clear to work, no traffic tie-ups at all. DUH!

This evening driving home, now keep in mind that the blizzard of the highest magnitude has been over for about 6 hours....the streets are pretty much clear....salted and plowed.....what does the foolish sign say?


Ya think?

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keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
12/18/2005 6:49 am

Now that they bought the thing they might as well write stuff on it! Besides, sometimes it is necessary to state the obvious. Especially when dealing with humans in automobiles.

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
12/11/2005 3:03 pm

I like your version of the mastercard commercial... who ever it was that thought up that style of advertising... was a friggin genious... Just love it...

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rm_Ptalk1155 34M
3450 posts
12/11/2005 2:34 pm

Well, you'd better understand that sign nonsense if you knew anyone from the DOT. I have friends that work for the RI DOT, and the stories they tell...well it makes you understand how RI has no money and how they couldn't have the bloody roads plowed so that I could get home the other day.

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
12/11/2005 1:22 am

yikes...that sounds like it sucks big time. We don't get snow...or I should say we very very rarely get snow...in all the years I've lived in Tucson, I can only remember twice we had enough snow that stuck where you could actually play in it...and talk about driving in it...course no one out here knows how...myself included. Please dearest Candy...drive careful ok.

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OceanStater45 60M

12/10/2005 9:29 pm

Love them new signs, placed just after the exit which would be the best alternative way to get around the construction....our tax money at work!!!!!!!


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