View Full Version : Guy makes the law out of his own hands

06-09-2009, 01:40 PM
Nothin' like doin' it yourself!!


Mystery sign maker literally stops traffic

By David Menzies

But is it legal? Talk about taking the law into your own hands. The traffic law, that is.

An Ottawa resident apparently fed up with motorists cruising through his neighbourhood as a shortcut decided to slow things down by erecting fake stop signs at a key intersection. Whatís more, the stop signs Ė and the corresponding white lines painted on the asphalt Ė have apparently been in place for about a year.

In fact, the official-looking stop signs would likely still be there today if it wasnít for an alert crew of city workers who happened to notice the signage wasnít set in concrete (which is how genuine Ottawa stop signs are erected.)

An investigation has since been launched, and the culprit could face a fine of up to $5,000 per infraction. Alas, officials arenít getting any cooperation from the residents of the neighbourhood, all of whom are embracing the Sgt. Shultz mantra of, ďI know nothing! I saw nothing!Ē
In the meantime, a city committee is now studying whether legitimate stop signs should indeed be in place at this intersection.

Granted, in this day and age of Mike Holmes and Debbie Travis, itís quite trendy to be a do-it-yourselfer. But methinks erecting oneís own homemade traffic signage is a bit of a stretch.

I also ponder where the trend may evolve from here. For example, canít find a place to park downtown? Then bring along your own parking meter and plunk it down exactly where youíd like to leave the car. Donít want to walk all the way to the traffic lights to cross the street? Thereís no better timesaver than erecting a makeshift crosswalk at the precise place you plan to cross.

Hopefully no one will take this too far, mind you. Erecting a few fake stop signs does no harm, really. But doing the Wile E. Coyote thing of painting a fake tunnel entrance upon a solid brick wall could very well result in a mishap or two.

06-09-2009, 01:45 PM
haha nice! I know a few areas that could use a nice new sign...

06-09-2009, 01:54 PM
Originally posted by Tarrantula
haha nice! I know a few areas that could use a nice new sign...

Steal one and put it up :D

I know i've been tempted a few times to do that myself for shits and giggles :D

06-09-2009, 01:57 PM
Haha too funny!

06-09-2009, 06:44 PM
Some guy in my neighbourhood layed out his own speedbumps, they didnt last very long.