A while back the federal government issued new mandates regarding the signs that identify streets. To most drivers street signs in all caps were not that hard to decode. But of all the things out there capable of distracting a driver, apparently for the government, the upper case lettering of the street names on ordinary corner street signs ranked near the top.
So they came to the rescue. See ALL CAPS? Not OK on road signs, federal government says.
What brings this to our attention today is our own city of Midland, Texas, is heeding the call by replacing the existing signs with code compliant signs.
There was a post at this blog a few years ago complaining about the expense this unnecessary government meddling would require of municipalities. But think of the lives it will save!
See the above street signs for a work in progress. The one in the foreground is the new, street legal sign. The one across the street is the old one in all caps. Let's just hope a lost driver at this intersection looks on the side of the street with the signage in the proper case. It could be a matter of life or death.