SA roadside signs

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As we drove across SA last week we noticed several large red signs that said "Stop Creeping". It must mean something to SA locals, but to us NSWegians it was totally mystifying. Can someone please enlighten us?

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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 07:23

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 07:23
Val,

The signs are reminding drivers not to slowly creep over the posted speed limit.


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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 07:30

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 07:30
Thanks Wayne, makes sense now. I assume that there must have been a whole advertising campaign to back up the signs. But as interstate drivers their meaning and significance was totally lost on us.

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Follow Up By: P and JM - Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 17:17

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 17:17
A local Copper told me (and I think he's right), there to warn drivers not to creep up the rear end of the vehicle in front of you. Must leave sufficient space to stop with out a rear ender.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:25

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:25
Hi Val

Welcome back, I bet you and John had a trip away over in the West and looking out for you usual great Blogs and pictures.

It is a wonder that you did not notice any other of the signs that have been erected by the MAC (Motor Accident Commission) along the lines of.......... Don't Drive Like A..........

WANKER....a large "W" in front of a boat Anchor

COCK.....a picture of a Rooster

KNOB....a picture of a door knob


Speak with you soon



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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:34

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:34
Thanks Stephen, and now that you mention it, yes we did see those signs, but they too left us scratching our heads.

Will take a while to get the blogs up - still have to finish the write up of our trip to England. But we have plenty of photos!

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Reply By: mikehzz - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:25

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:25
There are also the signs such as the don't drive like W + picture of an anchor. Or the one don't drive like a picture of a door knob? I wonder if wankers and knobs actually realize they are wankers and knobs? I think the Vics have a better idea actually giving instructions like keeping an appropriate space between cars. The SA signs are the quirkiest I've come across.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:28

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:28
Damn, Stephen beat me by a matter of seconds :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:33

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:33
Hi Mike

I know what you mean. There has been many times when I have replied, hit the 'submit' button and then only to see that some else has written what you have just replied about.



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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:40

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 08:40
Thanks Mike. I agree with your comments about the signs. If most interstate drivers are like us the message will be lost. They might be catchy, but for my money I would sooner have a direct message - though they can quickly loose their impact too.

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Reply By: Member - KYLE S - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 09:34

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 09:34
J&V I have lived in SA all my life.
I have noticed the Creeping signs and the TV add in SA. However, until I read the reply to your post I had no clue as to what the reference to "creeping" was about. I thought it meant move about quietly.
Perhaps the number of road signs are a bit over the top. I also find that to have time to absorb some of the data on some of the signs I would have to STOP to be able to read them.
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Reply By: Member - Broodie H3 - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 10:46

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 10:46
When we did our trip out to lake Eyre from W.A we saw the signs and thought they were great, and in some instance a timely reminder to watch our speed, and then some one would overtake us,and I would think that this campaign is not working too well, the other thing we noticed was the crosses on the side of the road that indicated motor vehicle accidents that had left people dead or injured, on straight stretches of highway, and it left us reflecting on the driving habits of some people, and the pain that was left behind for the relatives and loved ones that they no longer have that person in their lives, I don't know about anyone else but the campaign made us stop and think.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 18:00

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 18:00
Broodie H3,

you should see what the school kids from Moranbah have done on the Peak Downs Highway.

It is a real wake up to the number of deaths and accidents on that road due to fatigue, I gotta get there and impatience.

You got it. You no longer have that person in your life and trust me the other vehicle they took out never forgets the horror.

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Reply By: Bazooka - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 16:56

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 16:56
Visitors to the national capital might have seen their "Drink, Drive, Die in a Ditch" and “Drive N Text U B Next" (weird) signs.

The one I'd like to see: "Get off the phone, we want to make it home".
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 17:38

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 17:38
I love the dip signs on the Oodnadatta Track that someone has obviously spent a lot of time modifying.

Skinny Dip
Cheese Dip
Onion Dip
Big Dipper

etc etc
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 17:47

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 17:47
Or the signs going into Kakadu, warning motorists about the brumbies in the area.

First one we saw had become, with the aid of a black texta, a very excited stallion. LOL

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Reply By: Member - TLC 001 - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 18:02

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 18:02
Hi J & V,

NT has the best, these are on the back road from Kings Canyon to Alice. Must admit I had no problems understanding them. The second sign was very unexpected.




And around the bend, was



There are some great signs in this country. Some are abstract.

Now remember, stop creeping!

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 18:07

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 18:07
Hi Marcus,
Yes that pair of drums is great - gets the message through in a direct and humorous way. First saw them back in '01 but the blue peacock seems to be a more recent addition.

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Follow Up By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 22:56

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 22:56
Hi All,

We came across these signs as well, thought they were great and timely on that bend. They caught on with us and each time someone stumbled on the Rim Walk some one else would mumble 'lift um foot'.

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Reply By: Ross M - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 19:21

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 19:21
I thought creeping meant to drive quietly so as not to disturb the feral cats from killing the wildlife. We have to be fair on the ferals, bugger the wildlife. Seen cats kill eagles at road kill.
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Reply By: Capt. Wrongway - Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 08:25

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 08:25
I love signs and sometimes question the mentality of the people who put them there. In Sydney, on the M5 tollway, there is a large portable sign ( trailer type ) flashing the words " DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD. AVOID ACCIDENTS"

Is it only me, or does that seem a bit wrong?
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