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Fake "Speed Enforced By Drones" Signs On California Freeways

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the we-only-track-all-your-movements dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 218

NF6X writes "CBS station KPIX reports that somebody has been installing counterfeit traffic signs on California bay area freeways, warning motorists of drone-based speed enforcement. They are professionally-made reflective metal signs of comparable style and quality to official traffic signs, and in some cases are even mounted with tamper-resistant hardware. The signs show the familiar silhouette of an MQ-1 Predator drone launching a weapon. According to KPIX, California Highway Patrol denies that they operate any drones, and states that the signs are fake."

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"FAKE" (1)

dmitrygr (736758) | about a year ago | (#44372865)

uh huh....fake...

Re:"FAKE" (2, Insightful)

suso (153703) | about a year ago | (#44373125)

uh huh....fake...

That's what they WANT you to think.

Re:"FAKE" (2)

jittles (1613415) | about a year ago | (#44373173)

uh huh....fake...

That's what they WANT you to think.

The real question is who is behind this? The CIA or the NSA? And why did they post signs? were they hoping to distract us from the other domestic spying?

Re:"FAKE" (4, Interesting)

Mashiki (184564) | about a year ago | (#44373575)

The real question is who is behind this?

Well it's California, so it could be anything from people who support the idea, to people who don't support the idea. To environmentalists who want to scare people into slowing down, to the other end of the spectrum of people who just want traffic to move slower.

My bet rests with someone inside the DOT who knows someone at a plant that turns out the signs. And got them to do up a bunch.

Re:"FAKE" (3, Insightful)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year ago | (#44374031)

Sir... the drones you see flying over your head do not monitor if you're speeding. They are merely ensuring you're not a terrorist by adding your license plate, name, and the current speed you're going into our ultra secure database. Nothing to see here, move along.

Re:"FAKE" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373403)

But what is fake? Are the signs fake or is the news report fake? After the American media so seriously reported the obviously fake names of the crashed Korean airline crew how can anybody believe anything these idiots "report"?

Re:"FAKE" (4, Funny)

JeanCroix (99825) | about a year ago | (#44373497)

Senator Vreenak is outraged.

Re:"FAKE" (0)

C0R1D4N (970153) | about a year ago | (#44373757)

I wish I had mod points today

Re:"FAKE" (1)

Sperbels (1008585) | about a year ago | (#44373925)

Sisko passionately disagrees. THEY'RE REAL!

Re:"FAKE" (0)

Rob_Bryerton (606093) | about a year ago | (#44374201)

I know this is way way off-topic, but that's probably my favorite DS9 episode; certainly in the top 5. As usual, Garak steals the show, but Sisko does an awesome job as well...

If you can't trust the authenticity of the signs.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44372867)

How can you be expected to obey the speed limit?

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (4, Insightful)

Rockoon (1252108) | about a year ago | (#44373103)

It is (or should be) well known that signs like these are a lie. All my life I have seen these "speed limit enforced by aircraft" signs, which tells me that there is no speed enforcement on that road at all.

If there was actual speed enforcement on the road, they wouldn't jeopardize the revenue stream by putting up signs.

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (4, Insightful)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year ago | (#44373189)

I think the fake signs are a completely on-point commentary of the time.

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373233)

That is what you think until you get pulled over by a cop that is already waiting for you and that cop tells you that the plane clocked you at a certain speed. Trust me, those "by aircraft" signs are real.

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (1)

prehistoricman5 (1539099) | about a year ago | (#44373455)

While the signs are real, how often do they actually patrol with the aircraft?

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373459)

It was all about making you feel like you'll never be able to challenge.
There was no plane. You're one of the lucky winners in this month's "Fill our Quota" challenge.

Over here in the east side of montreal they wait on the corner of a particularly packed boulevard; you literally, physically cannot turn onto the street without at least going a few meters through the Bus/Taxi-Only lane for about half a block in several areas, so in the first and last week of every month cops just wait there and hand out tickets to car after car after car.

Your only hope is to be one of the four or five [it's a gauntlet] that gets through at a time while all of them are occupied.

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (2, Informative)

danomac (1032160) | about a year ago | (#44373521)

They don't even need aircraft, I have seen officers noting license plates and the time they pass on a stretch of highway. They relay it to another officer much further down (in this case about 40 miles) and if you get there under a certain time they pull you over for speeding.

Someone tried to challenge this in court and lost.

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (4, Informative)

whoever57 (658626) | about a year ago | (#44373891)

They don't even need aircraft, I have seen officers noting license plates and the time they pass on a stretch of highway. They relay it to another officer much further down (in this case about 40 miles) and if you get there under a certain time they pull you over for speeding.

I don't think so (from California Vehicle Code Section 40802 -- Speed Traps)

Speed Traps

40802. (a) A "speed trap" is either of the following:

(1) A particular section of a highway measured as to distance and with boundaries marked, designated, or otherwise determined in order that the speed of a vehicle may be calculated by securing the time it takes the vehicle to travel the known distance.

Speed traps are illegal in California.

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (1)

thesameguy (1047504) | about a year ago | (#44373969)

Absolutely. They only thing they can with aircraft in California is spot cars that appear to be moving faster than other cars. In order to get "clocked," a patrol car needs to pace or radar the suspect vehicle.

(Of course, this is a technicality - who is the civilian to argue with about whether the aircraft or the patrol car determined his/her speed?)

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373845)

Note: if you challenge the ticket in court, make sure the aircraft officer shows up.

If only the ground officer who pulled you over shows up, he can't testify that you were breaking the speed limit, because all he has is hearsay from the aircraft. You can get a dismissal this way.

Also, the aircraft measure your speed by clocking you between two horizontal lines painted on the roadway -- these are usually pretty obvious to spot if you're looking for them, just slow down between the lines.

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (1)

PRMan (959735) | about a year ago | (#44373685)

The road on my way home has that sign, and cops hide out and write tickets occasionally. They are not necessarily exclusive.

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (1)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#44373255)

because the speed limits are codified in law? in the driver handbooks as well?

Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (1)

Xenx (2211586) | about a year ago | (#44374097)

I can only speak for my state. But, the speed limits in our drivers guide are for when there is no posted limit. In fact, most of the roads I regularly travel on deviate from the speeds posted in the drivers guide.

Spread Awareness (4, Funny)

TFlan91 (2615727) | about a year ago | (#44372877)

Good way to spread awareness and possible outcomes of drone oversight....

YOU'RE GOING 2 MPH OVER THE SPEED LIMIT! YOU HAVE 3 SECONDS TO DECELERATE!
*1 sec later*
DID I SAY 3? TOO LATE!
*fires hellfire missile*

Re:Spread Awareness (5, Funny)

Valdrax (32670) | about a year ago | (#44373093)

Okay, that's a pretty horrible potential future, but I think I could live with it if they also targeted tailgaters and people who don't use their turn signals.

Re:Spread Awareness (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373399)

You must be that asshole in the left lane. MOVE OVER, and stop worrying about wtf is behind you!

Re: Spread Awareness (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373661)

Tailgaters in the right lane prevent you from getting over. I'm all for people moving out of the passing lane, but tailgating is a problem too.

I'm from MN and tailgating is just plain normal there. If you don't do it the people behind you get all pissed off. And I can't say I entirely blame them because MN drivers also think that if there car will physically fit between two cars that they should go for it.

Re: Spread Awareness (1)

sensei moreh (868829) | about a year ago | (#44374041)

But we now have commercials and signs to do the zipper merge!

Re:Spread Awareness (2)

Valdrax (32670) | about a year ago | (#44373777)

No, I'm the one in the right lane, going ten over the speed limit, and ticked off immensely by people who *still* tailgate you in the slow lane.

Re:Spread Awareness (4, Insightful)

quacking duck (607555) | about a year ago | (#44373855)

You must be that asshole in the left lane. MOVE OVER, and stop worrying about wtf is behind you!

I will not move over to let your sorry ass take my spot, no matter how impatient you are or how close you ride my bumper, if the car(s) in front of ME is what's actually holding up the left lane.

Don't tailgate, period.

Re:Spread Awareness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373981)

No thanks. The right lane in California is for large trucks (semis, tractor trailers, etc.) and for cars towing trailers. The speed limit for those vehicles is 55 MPH. I am not going to drive over there and have to keep switching lanes. I will drive in the other lane (the left one when there are only two) and will go about 70 MPH. The speed limit is 65. People who want to go faster than 70 will need to go the fuck around. I am not there to be "an accessory before the fact" in their speeding and keep changing lanes so that they can drive dangerously over the speed limit. They can learn to leave on time and drive like actual courteous people. (Although honestly the amount of time I get to even go the speed limit in our traffic is pretty low).

Re:Spread Awareness (1, Informative)

KingMotley (944240) | about a year ago | (#44374133)

You do realize that YOU are breaking the law by not moving over when you are driving in the left lane? Yes, even if you are speeding. YOU should learn to read the damn traffic laws, forfeit your license, or both.

Re:Spread Awareness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44374113)

It's the tailgaters in the right lane that deserve to have their license revoked.

Re:Spread Awareness (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373995)

I'd like them to enforce the laws on impeding traffic. You're supposed to merge at speed not get onto a freeway at 35mph then take 30s-2m to hit 55mph.

Re:Spread Awareness (1)

suutar (1860506) | about a year ago | (#44373465)

Programmed by OmniCorp, I see...

Re:Spread Awareness (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about a year ago | (#44373629)

Good way to spread awareness and possible outcomes of drone oversight....

YOU'RE GOING 2 MPH OVER THE SPEED LIMIT! YOU HAVE 3 SECONDS TO DECELERATE!
*1 sec later*
DID I SAY 3? TOO LATE!
*fires hellfire missile*

Well, I presume the drones are calibrated to hit where you'd be in 3 seconds if you failed to decelerate.... so much for the 2 second rule.

Re:Spread Awareness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373669)

King Arthur: One, two, five!
Sir Galahad: Three sir!
King Arthur: THREE!

Re:Spread Awareness (0)

WolfWithoutAClause (162946) | about a year ago | (#44373821)

YOU'RE GOING OVER THE SPEED LIMIT OF -127 MPH! YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO DECELERATE!
*car slows down below limit*
YOU'RE STILL GOING OVER THE SPEED LIMIT OF -127 MPH! YOU HAVE 5 SECONDS TO DECELERATE!
*car stops*
YOU HAVE BEEN JUDGED AND FOUND GUILTY
*drone fires hellfire missile*
*BOOOM*

HAVE A NICE DAY!
*flies off*

Re:Spread Awareness (1)

sl149q (1537343) | about a year ago | (#44373899)

There would be no warning other than the Red Dot appearing on your wind shield!

IT'S NOT FAKE! (5, Funny)

DickBreath (207180) | about a year ago | (#44372883)

I have definitely seem some of these drones sitting in their car, parked in a way that they think nobody can see them, eating donuts and using their radar gun.

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (1)

eyenot (102141) | about a year ago | (#44373015)

Oh yeah you must be referring to that same model as those drones that wear the custom-made t-shirts broadcasting to the world that they consider it a very light matter to oppress the citizenry and steal their lives over misunderstandings. Those same model drones that love killing dogs, apparently. I love that model! Wow, what a great model of drone we have enforcing our traffic concerns.

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (1)

clong83 (1468431) | about a year ago | (#44373021)

Me too. I see cops all the time by abandoned roadside gas stations in the desert. Do they really think they are incospicuous there? I don't intentionally speed, but I know if I see a car a mile up the road at the deserted gas station that it is a cop, and I double-check my speedometer.

On the article... I've always thought these aircraft enforcement signs were usually baloney anyways. There's one of these signs on Interstate 8 outside of San Diego up in the mountains. The road is windy, in a deep canyon, and has a heck of a grade on it for an interstate. I always thought that the idea of an aircraft flying around up there reliably tracking cars past markers and getting plate numbers was kind of fishy.

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | about a year ago | (#44373285)

Me too. I see cops all the time by abandoned roadside gas stations in the desert. Do they really think they are incospicuous there? I don't intentionally speed, but I know if I see a car a mile up the road at the deserted gas station that it is a cop, and I double-check my speedometer.

Perhaps that's the point - instead of handing out tickets, they could park conspicuously and therefore force everyone to slow down so everyone's doing the limit on that stretch of road.

Some people have gotten just as creative - one guy hated all the people using his neighbourhood streets to bypass traffic jams and basically took a pair of coveralls (blue), stuffed it, put a reflective vest on it, and put it in a lawn chair holding a coffee can (painted black) with a stick on it. He put it on the sidewalk parallel to traffic. Had the desired effect of calming traffic down as people slowed down for the "cop".

It is (or should be) well known that signs like these are a lie. All my life I have seen these "speed limit enforced by aircraft" signs, which tells me that there is no speed enforcement on that road at all.

  If there was actual speed enforcement on the road, they wouldn't jeopardize the revenue stream by putting up signs.

Sometimes they have to do it because it's the law. Like why do cops put up notices of where they're going to erect speed traps? Hell, there are plenty of apps (on every platform, including iOS) that scrape these public notices of speed traps and pop up alerts when you approach one.

And believe it or not, people STILL get caught. Either stupidity, ignorance, or what. Or probably texting and didn't see the cop.

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (3, Interesting)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about a year ago | (#44373767)

Instead of handing out tickets, they could park conspicuously and therefore force everyone to slow down so everyone's doing the limit on that stretch of road.

I grew up in a nice bit of farmland, and for a while a nearby town had a single officer, on duty 9am-5pm. From earlier and busier times, the town had a whopping three patrol cars - the nice big Crown Vics with the full-size light bar that any driver with enough vision to drive could see from several miles down the town's one main road. During a particularly bad summer tourist season, that one cop started moving the cars to good locations just inside the town limits. They'd be parked on dirveways (with permission) or lots where they wouldn't be in the way, with just enough cover to look like they were trying to hide, but not enough cover to do so effectively.

It worked. Traffic usually slowed down, and the one officer could spend his limited time watching from the one stoplight in the town center.

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (2)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373371)

Me too. I see cops all the time by abandoned roadside gas stations in the desert. Do they really think they are incospicuous there? I don't intentionally speed, but I know if I see a car a mile up the road at the deserted gas station that it is a cop, and I double-check my speedometer.

Here's how it works: if you can see the cop well ahead of time with enough distance to slow down before you reach him, then the placement of that cop is intended to cause you to check your speed and slow down. If the cops want to write tickets to generate revenue, they park where you don't see them until it's too late.

Prominent cop easily seen = everyone drives carefully, safety is increased
Hidden cop not seen until last second = some people slam on their brakes, revenue generator

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (2)

nabsltd (1313397) | about a year ago | (#44373547)

Prominent cop easily seen = everyone drives carefully, safety is increased

When idiots slow down to 50mph on a section of road with a 65mph speed limit just because there is a cop visible somewhere (the other side of the freeway, parked in a rest area, etc.), I don't see how safety is increased.

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | about a year ago | (#44373633)

I've seen the cops leave a car with no-one in it on the side of the road so people will pay a little more attention around that area. Of course when people realise that it's just a fake they replace it with a real policeman for the second effect.

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about a year ago | (#44373623)

In mountains, it's much cheaper to put a man on a high point with a radar and radio, and have several cars lurk just round the next bend. The Georgetown Grade west of Denver gets endless homeward-bound skiers that way.

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (1)

whoever57 (658626) | about a year ago | (#44373929)

I always thought that the idea of an aircraft flying around up there reliably tracking cars past markers and getting plate numbers was kind of fishy.

It is illegal. Calfornia Vehicle Code Section 40802 defines this as a "Speed Trap" and speed traps are illegal in California.

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373079)

That's an insult to today's achievements in AI programming. And energy efficiency.

Reminds me of this old BOFH shirt I bought from ThinkGeek, 10 years ago [geekpeak.de] . (Image similar. Mine was cotton-white.)

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (1)

pr0fessor (1940368) | about a year ago | (#44373081)

Those kind of drones are not as sleek or as fast as the one on the sign.

What no Zombie Crossing Signs?

The most annoying would be the "Dead End" sign posted a block to late to be useful in letting me know to turn off.

Re:IT'S NOT FAKE! (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | about a year ago | (#44373279)

Yea, I saw my neighbor yesterday and he said he had to speed most of the way home. This morning his house was hit by a drone strike and cratered his entire property. It didn't even touch my property, so the accuracy of these things is really good.

clever parking jobs (2)

SuperBanana (662181) | about a year ago | (#44373349)

parked in a way that they think nobody can see them

Psht. Some cops have hiding down to an art form. I remember driving along the highway and thinking "Why does that snowbank have a police light bar...."

As I drove by, I saw he'd precisely trimmed the snowbank with a shovel, flat-topping it just enough to see over and for his radar unit.

That said, we don't need speed enforcement. We need illegal/improper/unsafe operation enforcement, proper crash investigation, and criminal penalties for negligence that results in property damage or injury.

A likely story. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44372889)

Of course they deny it.

Note: Not speed limit, speed is enforced by drones (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44372891)

Pedal to the metal.

Missile gave it away (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#44372907)

I would have taken that seriously if not for the missile.

Re:Missile gave it away (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44372979)

some one released the signs early. they are not getting drones until 2015

Re:Missile gave it away (4, Funny)

mcmonkey (96054) | about a year ago | (#44372997)

I would have taken that seriously if not for the missile.

You have a strange outlook on life.

I can stand to pay a speeding ticket, but a missle I take seriously!

Re:Missile gave it away (0)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#44373235)

I think he meant he would assume the signs were real except for the missile.

Re:Missile gave it away (4, Funny)

Kjella (173770) | about a year ago | (#44373585)

I think he meant he would assume the signs were real except for the missile.

Did you hear that WHOOSH? No it was not a missile, it was a joke going over your head...

Re:Missile gave it away (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#44373653)

Just rember: Safety is a cover story. They just want your money. Follow the money.

Re:Missile gave it away (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373013)

It's not a missile, it's burrito delivery.

Re:Missile gave it away (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373031)

What makes you think they wouldn't be using missiles? The police already use helicopters for aerial assaults; jets might be too much but armed UAVs is the logical next step.

Re:Missile gave it away (1)

khallow (566160) | about a year ago | (#44373147)

Well, what sort of missile could they use? The usual military stuff would create too much collateral damage. I suppose they could install a grenade launcher and fire tear gas or smoke though.

sorry for the spam (0)

RobertNotBob (597987) | about a year ago | (#44372975)

I generally detest when coworkers send "cute" little email links... But I have to admit it. - I sent unsolicited messages to my friends about THIS one.

I type "LOL" occasionally, but this time I ACTUALLY DID.

My fav road sign (5, Funny)

OzPeter (195038) | about a year ago | (#44373023)

While not a fake sign, a long time ago (as indicated by the message) there was a sign warning "Police Aerial Speed Checks" that was tagged with "Pigs in Spaaaaaace"

If you're going to troll, troll in style. (5, Insightful)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | about a year ago | (#44373029)

I'd like to shake the hand of whoever is behind this. I have to respect anyone who's willing to put serious effort and bucks into this kind of culture-jamming [wikipedia.org] .

Re:If you're going to troll, troll in style. (1)

cusco (717999) | about a year ago | (#44373129)

You should check out the Freeway Blogger some time. http://www.freewayblogger.com/ [freewayblogger.com]

Re:If you're going to troll, troll in style. (5, Informative)

JDG1980 (2438906) | about a year ago | (#44373427)

Here's his website: http://stephenwhisler.net/Stephen_Whisler.html [stephenwhisler.net] . And a direct link to the page on this prank / performance art: http://stephenwhisler.net/Sculpture/Pages/Speed_Enforced_by_Drones.html [stephenwhisler.net] .

Re:If you're going to troll, troll in style. (1)

PRMan (959735) | about a year ago | (#44373713)

I'm pretty sure that making fake traffic signs is illegal, probably a felony.

Re:If you're going to troll, troll in style. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44374157)

CHiP is still "looking into it".
Meanwhile, Slashdot found the perp within 53 minutes. I wish I had mod points to give to you, good sir!

Re:If you're going to troll, troll in style. (2)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a year ago | (#44373873)

I didn't do it. Too illegal and easy to get caught.

I'm the dude that flies an electric RC predator drone over groups with large paranoid populations (Occutards, Deadheads, any protest, Tea Party, gun shows, Code Pink etc etc).

If anybody else takes this up, my advice: put a person into the crowd to see the drone and point it out on schedule.

in an un-related story... (2)

gi11o (144990) | about a year ago | (#44373041)

Jerry Brown is quoted: "These aren't the drones you're looking for."

Should pack 'em up... (2)

Tanktalus (794810) | about a year ago | (#44373053)

Should pack 'em up and send them to Afghanistan or Iraq or Pakistan or anywhere else that POTUS wants to enforce, ahem, speed limits.

On the other hand, whoever did this doesn't merely have a sick sense of humour. They're highly insightful to the way the government is heading.

Obviously Fake but... (1)

edelbrp (62429) | about a year ago | (#44373075)

Why is CHiPS(*) actually posing with the sign like it is theirs? That just seems like an odd thing to do.

* Cue exploding cars in the background

Re:Obviously Fake but... (1)

Valdrax (32670) | about a year ago | (#44373293)

Assume for a moment that you had his job. Wouldn't you?

In my experience, most cops have more of a sense of humor, especially black humor, than the public realizes. Comes the territory of any kind of difficult, unappreciated job.

Re:Obviously Fake but... (1)

classiclantern (2737961) | about a year ago | (#44373677)

Stupid reporter didn't ask the most important question, "When do you plan to roll out your drones?" Police are using drones now. Speed enforcement is only a budget cycle away.

Might save taxpayers money... (5, Insightful)

stewsters (1406737) | about a year ago | (#44373097)

Have the police take them down and keep them. I'm sure they will be useful again in about 2 years at the rate privacy is going over here.

Re:Might save taxpayers money... (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#44373743)

Nah they should just leave them up if that's the case.

Oops, I forgot about union grievances since installing signs is union work. Ok, take them down (also union work) then put them back up.

Then, ummm, everybody is happy.

I wonder if the armies watching the cameras in 1984 were unionized.

Re: Might save taxpayers money... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373917)

Yeah, except in 15 months the warehousing costs will become an issue, so they'll sell it in 18, and then in 24, the order will go out for these signs.

Fake Missile (2)

Diakoneo (853127) | about a year ago | (#44373107)

To make the video complete, we need a car driving by the sign with one of those fake missiles chasing it....

Re:Fake Missile (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373945)

Done [buzzfeed.com] !

Speed checked by aircraft (2)

goodmanj (234846) | about a year ago | (#44373239)

"Speed enforced by drones" is just as true as "speed enforced by aircraft".

Borg? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373333)

I want the same sign (or t-shirt) with a silhouette of a Borg drone.

Poe's Law (1)

jxander (2605655) | about a year ago | (#44373355)

In full effect [wikipedia.org]

Sign artist has now been ID'd (5, Informative)

JDG1980 (2438906) | about a year ago | (#44373359)

According to NBC News [nbcnews.com] , the fake drone signs were a bit of performance art by a local guy named Stephen Whisler. He described his motivation as " partially political and partially a prank".

Re:Sign artist has now been ID'd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44374127)

Wondering what is motivation will be in jail....right or wrong, they'll throw the book at him.

Speed _limit_ (2)

greylion3 (555507) | about a year ago | (#44373487)

That should have been "Speed limit enforced by drones".
Maybe the signs were made by someone whose first language isn't English, and/or someone who is not that good at it.

The way it's written, I'd think a minimum speed was enforced by drones - as in; drive too slowly and get blown to bits with a missile.
I am partial to that kind of enforcement. Some people just like to take their sweet time getting somewhere.
- I'm just kidding ..maybe >:-]

Re:Speed _limit_ (1)

NF6X (725054) | about a year ago | (#44374043)

That should have been "Speed limit enforced by drones". Maybe the signs were made by someone whose first language isn't English, and/or someone who is not that good at it.

The fake signs closely mimic legitimate "speed enforced by aircraft" signs commonly found on California freeways. For example, see the picture in this SF Examiner article [sfexaminer.com] about declining use of aerial speed limit enforcement in CA. I agree that the wording is ambiguous, but that's not the fault of the creator(s) of these fake drone signs.

Toe lies are less convincing than one lie! (1)

Joehonkie (665142) | about a year ago | (#44373651)

"Along with not having drones we definitely do not have any drones that would fire any type of weaponry."

ED-209 (1)

ArtemaOne (1300025) | about a year ago | (#44373657)

There's no reason these have to be flying drones. You have 15 seconds to comply.

Hmm (1, Funny)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about a year ago | (#44373791)

In a few years you won't be able to speed in California, it will be too hard to speed having to weave and dodge around all the stalled Tesla's on the highways.

not a problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44373879)

put down the sun visor and there's no way for the drone to get a picture of your face

I wonder if any real drones ... (1)

SengirV (203400) | about a year ago | (#44373881)

... captured him in the act of placing these signs in public.

My guess would be HELL YES!!!

Sharknado will fix it (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#44373947)

That's okay, I'm protected by the Zimmernado [blogspot.com]

Obviously fake (1)

LocalH (28506) | about a year ago | (#44374009)

The signs use Arial, and I'm pretty sure that legitimate signs have specific legal standards for the fonts they use, and that Arial is not included.

So...if these are fake... (1)

Chas (5144) | about a year ago | (#44374129)

Then the CHP shouldn't have any problem with me tearing them down and hauling them away as trash right?

jezza was right (1)

CaptainStumpy (1132145) | about a year ago | (#44374193)

Didn't Clarkson say exactly this on the news?

Any idea where to order these? (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about a year ago | (#44374227)

I need some for my street.

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