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(STLToday)   MoDOT will not be vaporizing speeders with 153 dB sonic blasts. At least not this year   (stltoday.com) divider line 16
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2014-04-20 10:16:19 AM  
4 votes:
If I get blasted by an LRAD because I'm going 3 over in a work zone that traditionally will have no workers then I'm going to run over somebody just on principle.
2014-04-20 12:41:38 PM  
3 votes:
You'll note that they've only postponed the plan simply because they couldn't get their hands on the sound cannons in time for the striping season.

Is speeding in work zones an epidemic problem? Are highway workers being killed so often that the roads are stained with blood? Or is this merely a blunt-force solution and fun money-grab solution to a problem that doesn't exist?

I'm not saying that you shouldn't slow down in work zones, but I wonder if this "problem"--like red light running--isn't grossly over-blown on behalf of the folks selling the "solution."
2014-04-20 09:35:23 PM  
2 votes:

Jarhead_h: Speed limits have ZERO to do with safety and everything to do with shaking down the public for cash.  take the lmiit signs away and you find that people tend to drive what they feel comfortable with, which these days is actually SLOWER than the safe speeds of current generation automobiles, thanks to improvements in steering, breaks, etc.

Bottom line, cars are as safe as they can get without being built on a tubular frame. And from the looks of things the industry will NEVER do that.


Work zone speed limits are about protecting the construction workers. I used to work for MoDOT, and currently do consulting engineering for them. In general, work zone speed limits should be set no lower than 10 MPH lower than the regular posted speed limits - exceptions to this being where convoluted lane shifts or other squirrely circumstances require a lower temporary design speed.

There are a couple of major problems in works zones: 1. Signage and devices being left in place when workers and activities are no longer present - which in turn breed contempt for them, and 2. Self absorbed a-holes who regularly speed elsewhere, and consider active work zones to be an unwanted inconvenience to their daily commute causing them to slow down to 45-55 MPH (if congestion warrants it) where they usually drive/speed at 75-80 MPH. Add to this mess the uber-self-absorbed a-hole texting while driving through a work zone, and the loser-trifecta comes into play. IMHO, these clowns can't pay enough in fines.

Think work zones suck? Try one from the perspective of a worker trying to do his job in the midst of all these self-absorbed idiots doing everything possible to get where they're going without being delayed. These workers have wives and children, and would love to be able to go home to them at night when their shift is over. Slow down, and don't hesitate to report bogus traffic control zones (i.e.: no workers present) when you experience them. Most DOT's strive to minimize these so driver expectations are met.
2014-04-20 03:41:50 PM  
2 votes:
Speed limits have ZERO to do with safety and everything to do with shaking down the public for cash.  take the lmiit signs away and you find that people tend to drive what they feel comfortable with, which these days is actually SLOWER than the safe speeds of current generation automobiles, thanks to improvements in steering, breaks, etc.

Bottom line, cars are as safe as they can get without being built on a tubular frame. And from the looks of things the industry will NEVER do that.
2014-04-20 01:12:50 PM  
2 votes:

zarker: oukewldave: I've actually seen the speed limit drop to 25 in a construction zone on the freeway.  With no one working.  It was crazy.

I'm pretty sure construction zones are always 25. Is it somehow safer to be surrounded by speeding cars when there's more of them?


In Florida construction zones are usually 55 or 60 on the interstates.  Ive seen them as low as 35 if there is a major project going on.  Where do you live where they are 25 mph?
2014-04-20 01:11:04 PM  
2 votes:

zarker: LazyMedia: Look, I KNOW it's a work zone. I just don't care enough to slow down to the ridiculously low speed limit that you refuse to get rid of even when no one's working there. If I see guys working, I'll slow down.

Yeah what happens when someone pops out of a manhole and smacks his face in your bumper?
/I know that wouldn't happen
//it won't kill you to be cautious


There are manholes on the Interstate? I'm reasonably cautious, but I'm not going 45 when all the paving trucks are parked and unattended.
2014-04-20 12:43:05 PM  
2 votes:
I've actually seen the speed limit drop to 25 in a construction zone on the freeway.  With no one working.  It was crazy.
2014-04-21 12:59:02 PM  
1 votes:
LRAD, huh? Like this?

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2014-04-20 10:24:51 PM  
1 votes:

LazyMedia: Look, I KNOW it's a work zone. I just don't care enough to slow down to the ridiculously low speed limit that you refuse to get rid of even when no one's working there. If I see guys working, I'll slow down.


I'll settle for not having the work area start 17 miles before the 50 feet of construction
2014-04-20 02:28:16 PM  
1 votes:
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Well, that escalated quickly.
2014-04-20 12:57:40 PM  
1 votes:

Just in case, though...

In case of Sonic Attack on your district, follow these rules:

If you are making love it is imperative to bring all bodies to orgasm simultaneously.
Do not waste time blocking your ears.
Do not waste time seeking a "sound proofed" shelter.
Try to get as far away from the sonic source as possible
Do not panic
Do not panic

Use your wheels. It is what they are for.
Small babies may be placed inside the special cocoons
and should be left, if possible, in shelters.
Do not attempt to use your own limbs.
If no wheels are available - metal - not organic -
limbs should be employed whenever practical.

Remember:
In the case of sonic attack survival means
"Every man for himself"
Statistically more people survive if they think
only of themselves
Do not attempt to rescue friends, relatives, loved ones
You have only a few seconds to escape
Use those seconds sensibly or you will inevitably die
Think only of yourself
Think only of yourself
Do not panic
Think only of yourself
Think only of yourself

These are the first signs of sonic attack:
You will notice small objects - such as ornaments - oscillating
You will notice vibrations in your diaphragm
You will hear a distand hissing in your ears
You will feel the need to vomit
You will feel dizzy
You will have difficulty focussing
You will need to breathe more rapidly
There will be bleeding from orifices
There will be an ache in the pelvic region
You may be subject to fits of hysterical shouting or even laughter

These are all sign of imminent sonic destruction
Your only protection is flight
If you are less than ten years old
Remain in your shelter and use your cocoon
Remember - you can help no one else
You can help no one else
You can help no one else
Do not panic
Think only of yourself
Think only of yourself
Think only of yourself

Think only of yourself

Think only of yourself

Think only of yourself

2014-04-20 12:53:04 PM  
1 votes:
So, their plan for collective corporal punishment is delayed because they can't buy them yet?

Well, there's that.
2014-04-20 12:50:41 PM  
1 votes:
I think they need to remember that this is Missouri, and that inevitably, someone's going to get tired of annoying noises and shoot one of those LRAD devices.

If I'm on the jury, I'm not voting to convict.
2014-04-20 12:41:33 PM  
1 votes:
"There was some misinformation on the Internet," said MoDOT spokeswoman Holly Dentner. "People assumed we would be using them at military-grade levels."

No. Just at "annoying as hell" levels.
2014-04-20 12:37:00 PM  
1 votes:
Look, I KNOW it's a work zone. I just don't care enough to slow down to the ridiculously low speed limit that you refuse to get rid of even when no one's working there. If I see guys working, I'll slow down.
2014-04-20 12:28:15 PM  
1 votes:
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