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Street-Sign Statism ... Mark Steyn
Steyn Online ^ | 31 July 2012 | MArk Steyn

Posted on 08/01/2012 12:41:33 AM PDT by Rummyfan

I've spent the last few weeks tootling round various parts of Britain and Europe, and, as always, it takes me a couple of days to acclimatize to local driving norms. I quickly appreciate being on a country lane and able to see the country, as opposed to admiring rural America's unending procession of bend signs, pedestrian-approaching signs, stop signs, stop-sign-ahead signs, stop-sign-ahead-signs-ahead signs, pedestrian-approaching-a-stop-sign signs, designated-scenic-view-ahead signs, parking-restrictions-at-the-designated-scenic-view signs, etc. It takes me a little longer to get used to the idea that I'm free to pass other cars pretty much whenever I want to, as opposed to settling in behind Granny for the rest of the day as the unbroken yellow lines stretch lazily down broad, straight, empty rural blacktop, across the horizon and into infinity. Want to pass on a blind bend in beautiful County Down or the Dordogne? Hey, it's your call. Your judgment. Fancy that.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: culture; marksteyn; nannystate; signs

1 posted on 08/01/2012 12:41:43 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: JLS

Ping!


2 posted on 08/01/2012 1:02:38 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Rummyfan

Mark is funny and I like this.


3 posted on 08/01/2012 3:13:34 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!!)
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To: Rummyfan
If Mark's been tooling around Britain, he's certainly run into that bane of driving in Britain and Ireland, the roundabout. While on a recent trip to England's green and pleasant land, and another one into Scotland, when on the two-lane roads, we must have passed through what seem like an endless stream of roundabouts. Now I actually enjoy driving through roundabouts (in Ireland), but they're no less irritating than stop signs. In fact, my wife (who grew up in England) prefers four-way stops to roundabouts.

And if you're driving in the American west, as I have frequently in the last ten years, stop signs are pretty infrequent on many western two lane roads. But I also drive the two-lane roads around western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota, and I don't find the infrequent stop signs or other road signs that irritating. Maybe New England is different.

4 posted on 08/01/2012 5:23:57 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2
Maybe New England is different.

Of course they are different. It's the only place I have seen with STOP signs on the exit of the roundabout.

5 posted on 08/01/2012 5:47:08 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: Rummyfan

Part of Obammy’s stimulus was to put mile marker signs every 1/10th of a mile on I-85. Mile 52.1, 52.2, 52.3, 52.4, 52.5 etc. Total waste....


6 posted on 08/01/2012 5:51:57 AM PDT by lwd
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To: CPOSharky

I’ve never driven in New England. Of course, there’s plenty of stop and other traffic signs around where I live (western Wisconsin), but I don’t feel unduly put out. I’ll have to take drive a through New England some time to see what bugs Steyn so unduly. I take it from your comment you are unduly bugged by NE traffic signs as well.


7 posted on 08/01/2012 6:01:15 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2

Trffic on the roundabout has to stop to allow traffic to enter the roundabout.

Does that make sense?


8 posted on 08/01/2012 6:06:47 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: driftless2

My wife prefers roundabouts. She just plunges right in. They make me nervous as heck, but I can see her point.


9 posted on 08/01/2012 6:11:32 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: lwd

I have seen these on every interstate I’ve driven on in the last 40 years. Usually starts at he state line and goes up until the next state line and starts over.


10 posted on 08/01/2012 6:11:51 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: CPOSharky

No it does not. Never heard of that. And I’ve had plenty of experience with British and Irish roundabouts. My next question would be to ask about the sanity and political affiliation of the people who establish those sorts of traffic laws.


11 posted on 08/01/2012 6:12:47 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: CPOSharky

Stop in a roundabout and somebody will drive right over you.

Traffic ENTERING the roundabout must yield to traffic IN the roundabout.


12 posted on 08/01/2012 6:17:20 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Rummyfan
For the record, I'm consistent in these matters — I want it all: assault weapons and unpasteurized Camembert, guns and butter. Certainly, cheese makes a poor attitudinal rallying cry: "I'm proud to be a Frenchman, where at least I know my Brie!" But, in the pit of national decline, the cheese will still be there. To invest your national identity in ideas about liberty and government is far more perilous, especially as the gap between those ideas and the daily lives of increasing numbers of Americans grows ever wider.

Amen Mark

13 posted on 08/01/2012 7:23:59 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: morphing libertarian

I have seen them every mile but they put them up every 1/10th of a mile also. I hadn’t seen that anywhere until after 0bama stimulus. I could of course be wrong as I have only traveled around the southeast for most of my life.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 2:50:32 PM PDT by lwd
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