Skip to comments.Fake Signs On Bay Area Highways Say Drones Looking For Speeders (high-quality fakes?)
Posted on 07/19/2013 6:48:48 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
MARIN COUNTY (KPIX 5) Several signs have cropped up on Bay Area highways, telling drivers that drones are enforcing speed limits. The California Highway Patrol told KPIX 5 the signs are fakes and that they do not have drones.
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The signs attached, to highway signs in some cases, are high quality.
Is this a case of fake signs, or something else?
CHP knows what signs are real.
I know the CHP is expert at this sort of thing.
But still. This seems odd.
Fakes, because we’re not quite to the point where the cops will use missile strikes to deter speeders. At the article, they have a pic of the sign, which depicts a Predator launching a Hellfire.
Yeah, that part does seem over the top.
Very well done signs though.
I can just see someone nabbing a still from the video report of the CHP car with the speed enforced by drones sign and the officer standing next to it, and go tromping off to another forum and post the picture, adding a note at the bottom - ‘look at the drone, it is firing!’
The base material - the white reflective sign material - isn’t hard to locate, you can easily buy 20 or 50 of them at a time with little trouble. Can’t really tell if they used vinyl lettering atop it, or screen printed it. Odds are they are using vinyl as it would be the easiest.
The blanks, last time I priced them, were about $80 each in quantity. Retail they go for over $360 each. Vinyl in quantity will range in price - depends upon if you’re talking smart choices or utter foolishness. Smart version, likely $50 per sign in quantity.
I’ll wager, however, that this is a prank being played by a public servant, likely someone who works at a city or county maintenance depot, and us the taxpayers are likely footing the bill for the signs.
Since they can see and hear inside of buildings, maybe they can solve a few crimes indoors too. It would be like having thousands of additional law enforcement personnel with no salary and no benefits. Just think how safe we are going to be. /s
On the interstates leading into South Carolina there are signs with an airplane silhouette announcing “Speed checked by AIRCRAFT”.
For some reason, I don’t think the CHP will be discouraging rumors about police drones. Don’t know why that is....
I live in central KY.
About two weeks ago I was at the lake with some friends and looking up at the blue sky through the leaves of a tree. I noticed I was absent mindedly tracking something through the leaves that I was assuming was a cottonwood seed wafting along. Then I snapped out of it and realized it was the wrong time of year and besides, it was obviously reallly, REALLY high.
The only reason I noticed it was that the leaves gave me a stationary frame of reference, allowing me to spot the movement. I tried to track it through the leaves and what it looked like was a white single engine plane, except the wing was too far back from the nose and it was REALLY high and small. I tried to keep an eye on it as I moved out from under the tree and was never ever to see it after that. It was simply too small and blended in to the sky too well.
Wonder what it was? And why in flyover country?
I believe they’re on I-95 in Virginia as well.
Not quite there, but soon.............
If one were to have a drone that could dispense packages of nylon bird netting, one could have two drones. And so on.
Is it OK to ‘harvest’ drones? If they look like menacing owls or something?
I don’t see why not.
Menacing owls are terrifying.
RC turbine tech being what it is now, those things might need fighter escort in a few years...
Is the sign really referring to the ‘drone’ LEOs who are gathering the honey (money) for their masters?