Friday, February 06, 2009

It's not just snow causing traffic problems ...

I love this story ...

'Pranksters in at least three US states have figured out how to alter the text on electronic road signs, posting notices of "Nazi zombies" and "raptors ahead" instead of legitimate messages detailing traffic problems. The latest breach came on Tuesday during the morning rush hour near Collinsville, Illinois, where hackers changed a sign along southbound Interstate 255 to read, "DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES."

A day earlier in Indiana's Hamilton County, the electronic message on a board in Carmel's construction zone warned drivers of "RAPTORS AHEAD." Signs in Austin, Texas, recently flashed: "NAZI ZOMBIES! RUN!!!" and "ZOMBIES IN AREA! RUN."

Officials in Illinois are concerned the rewritten signs distract motorists from heeding legitimate hazards down the road. The hacked sign on Tuesday originally warned drivers of crews replacing guardrails. "We understood it was a hoax, but at the same time those boards are there for a reason," said Joe Gasaway, an Illinois Department of Transportation supervisory field engineer. "We don't want (drivers) being distracted by a funny sign."'

My favourite bit of this story? 'We understand it was a hoax.' Zombies! Raptors! Brilliant. Hugely irresponsible of me but pants-wettingly funny all the same.

3 comments:

Moley Willows said...

All that does is encourage zombie fear.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Moley - I so wish that the signs had actually said 'ZOMBIES DEAD AHEAD'. That would have been funnier!

Debby said...

I read another person's concern that the Department of Transportation was being very short sighted, wasting all their efforts complaining about the signs instead of doing something about the zombies...