A few weeks ago, New Jersey‘s well-known road signs were the talk of the internet for their uniqueness and for their propensity to annoy the United States Federal Government. You may remember that beginning in October and continue through most of November, the New Jersey Department of Transportation replaced the standard wording on traffic signs with the following catchphrases:
- Away with the app!
- “Don’t let go of your butts.”
- “Hocus Pocus, concentrate on the road.”
- “Only Ziti should go into the oven.”
- We’ll just say it straight: “Don’t get behind the wheel while high.”
- “Keep your pants on, put out forest fires!”
- Put on the brakes, we’re not on Thunder Road here!
- “Cool ride, but does it have blinkers?
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Those signs were hilarious to everybody who saw them, and they served a dual purpose by keeping people on the lookout. Although most people found the signs humorous, the federal government did not share this opinion.
The federal government issued an urgent order to the New Jersey DOT to remove the signs, which they promptly did. And now motorists are wondering why on earth motorists are taking such a serious stance on such a trivial matter.
No official statement was made by federal officials. Former Newark, New Jersey, Mayor and current New Jersey senator Cory Booker wants explanations. The senator has written to the Federal Highway Administration to inquire about the rationale behind their directive to the New Jersey DOT to remove the slogans.
Senator Booker writes in his letter, “Last month, NJDOT began a campaign utilizing humor and Garden State culture to raise awareness around safety. These classic New Jersey slogans have been well-received everywhere and have helped to warn drivers both locally and from out of state to be cautious.