Monday, August 30, 2010

Mixed Messages at 65 Miles an Hour

Driving to work, I saw a big electronic bill board, the type where the Highway Patrol posts announcements of traffic closures or abducted child alerts. This time, it said:

HANDS FREE
IT'S THE LAW

My immediate reaction was that I should take my hands off the steering wheel - Look Ma, no hands! But I don't think that was the response I was supposed to have. At least I knew it was referring to only using your mobile phone if you have a hands-free kit.

Once I saw the sign say:

CLICK IT
OR TICKET

And I spent the rest of the day wondering what it meant, until someone kindly explained that you're supposed to "click" your seatbelt on. Oh.

I think I need a remedial class in clever CHP slogans.

2 comments:

mayberry said...

I think it means that you're so good at law-abiding, these messages aren't meant for you.

Bob said...

"Click it or Ticket" was really confusing. It took us a while to figure out.