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Donkin's World: Beware Of The Signs

...There are simply too many signs. Why can't we be left alone to discover the sharpness of bends, the bumpiness of roads or the steepness of hills?...

Richard Donkin is tired of the bureaucrats who are littering our roadsides with too many warnings.

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Driving up the east coast of Scotland we would have been admiring the view of heather-clad hills had it not been for a giant roadside warning sign alerting us to the possibility of heavy rain.

It is yet one more example of how roadsigns are cluttering up our landscape. There are simply too many signs. Why can't we be left alone to discover the sharpness of bends, the bumpiness of roads or the steepness of hills? When we're alerted to danger our natural cautiousness is supplanted by that of the bureaucrats. We are being advised to take care rather than making our own assessment of how much care we should take.

This nannying approach to safety reduces our inherent safety consciousness since we begin to place our faith in the self-appointed arbiters of risk instead of using good old fashioned common sense.

Unfortunately road signs and other street paraphernalia seem to proliferate. Rarely do you find any local authority trying to thin down the profusion of signs in urban areas.

Now we are seeing sign mania spreading to rural areas. I'm thinking of those brown signs you see on roads and motorways alerting us to some nearby visitor attraction. That's fine if the attraction is important or has some historic significance such as a battle site. But on our recent travels we saw brown signs for ice cream parlours and pitch-and-putt courses.

I'd like to see a sign warning me about the number of signs in some areas. One sign would do fine: Beware of the Bull.

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