Friday, December 4, 2009
I've figured it out.
I have figured out why there is often so much road construction warning gear on the roads with no work going on around it all.
There is no place for road workers to store all their orange cones and barrels. No place for them to keep the signs that tell you fines double in work zones or that you're approaching a 55MPH zone.
So what do they do with them? They keep them on the roads until they're actually needed elsewhere. "Elsewhere" being a place where actual road constructing activity is taking place.
How many times--I mean how many, really?--have you braked to 55MPH for 7 miles, waiting to see this road construction advertised and discovered that no constructing is happening at all? Maybe you think, Oh today is an off day. Good for the workers. But then three days later you drive the same stretch and nothing is going on. Yet still fines double if you don't drive 55. Another off day? Well, still good for them. The next day you find yourself again slowing to 55 to avoid a doubled fine, paranoid that you are, and still there is no construction underway.
When this happens, you're driving through a Warehouse Zone, the place your state has decided to store their unneeded signage and cones.
But despite the fact that there is no work underway, you're still obligated to obey the signs, for the coppers can still haul your speeding self to the side of the road and issue a double-fine ticket for Speeding through that Warehouse Zone.