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What You Should Know / September 9, 2010

canada speedbumps

news.yahoo.com -- Officials in West Vancouver, Canada, apparently aren't satisfied with the driver-slowing properties of traditional speed bumps. On Tuesday, the town unveiled a new way to persuade motorists to ease off the gas pedal in the vicinity of the École Pauline Johnson Elementary School: a 2-D image of a child playing, creating the illusion that the approaching driver will soon blast into a child. According to Discover magazine, the pavement painting appears to rise up as the driver gets closer to it, reaching full 3-D realism at around 100 feet: "Its designers created the image to give drivers who travel at the street's recommended 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) enough time to stop before hitting Pavement Patty -- acknowledging the spectacle before they continue to safely roll over her."

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  • 1. Chester  |  September 9th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    They don’t remember the boy who cried wolf?

  • 2. notch  |  September 9th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    first

  • 3. CB  |  September 9th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Okay, forget the psychopathic fantasies of plowing into children that we all (er, I hope it’s not just me) engage in.

    How ignorant of human nature can you get?!

    People will stop the first time they think they see a child in their way. Then, they’ll learn that they don’t have to stop at that location, because it’s just an optical illusion. Pretty soon, they’ll generalize and if they see a Pavement Patty anywhere, or something that looks like it might be one, they’ll just ignore it and not slow down.

    THEY’RE BASICALLY TRAINING PEOPLE NOT TO STOP FOR CHILDREN.

    This will only end in a combination of tears and lulz.

  • 4. franc black  |  September 10th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Well, can’t fault them for trying something new.
    But honestly, wouldn’t many be tempted to speed up when they appear, in order to have a bit of a laugh?

    … and then when conditioned to do so, real children start getting hit by accelerating drivers …

  • 5. Ryan  |  September 10th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I feel sad for only recently realizing the allusion to death race 2000


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