Friday, November 22, 2013

We need your help preventing sign theft

by guest blogger Alice Fiman

Not all of us can be crime fighters, but we can all report crime. Today, we are asking for those driving on State Route 7 near Eatonville to keep an eye out for criminals stealing or damaging a vital safety sign.

As you travel south on SR 7, just north of Ohop Valley, there is a sharp curve in the vicinity of milepost 31.5. You may notice the arrow signs light up, letting you know you are traveling too fast approaching the curve. These signs, part of a research project, are funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Washington is one of five states where FHWA is testing “blinker signs.”

The project team believes these signs can reduce single-vehicle run-off-the road crashes at curves, where nationally, 25 percent of all highway fatalities occur. Someone is damaging and stealing the solar panels that power the signs. Without power, the sign can’t perform its vital safety function.

If you see someone out there and it just doesn’t look right, call 9-1-1 and report the suspicious activity. Make this call when it’s safe for you.

Be the hero.  Don’t let them get away and hurt someone you care about. Make the call to 9-1-1 or take note and fill out an online form later. 

Thank you. 


Ryan said...

Thank you very much for these blog posts - very informative and often helpful. However, one minor suggestion. Please add an embedded map or provide a map link to better orient the reader.
Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Swell, tweakers stealing signs now.

Brian Jones said...

Are you truly asking people to help steal signs, as your title suggests?

Or maybe you meant "We need your help preventing sign theft".

The Geezer said...

Drat, we try to throw a little clorine in the gene pool for folks who are so distracted as to not read the big arrow that has been there since I was a amall child, and the Federales think we need more flashing crap in our lives. No flashing, no loud commercials, and if folks can't see a sign that isn't flashing, well, too bad for them.

Mommy WSDOT once again assumes the sheeples can't take care of themselves. You guys know where I live, so come on by and install those inflatable bumpers on my car anytime.


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