I had a thought about those political messaging murals cities are letting folks paint on streets. You know, like this monster.
I think there are a couple of legal issues which idiots like DC’s Muriel Bowser haven’t considered. They would make for an interesting court challenge to these things.
You see, road markings are federally regulated. While states can fine tune their own standards, they still have to comply with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
I have a sneaking suspicion those murals are not compliant.
Those standards are there for a reason: safety. And that brings us to next — related — issue. What kind of paint are those permanent murals done with? (As opposed to the washable poster paint the antiabortion messagers have been using.)
Just how slick do those murals get when it rains?
No doubt the personal injury ambulance-chasers lawyers are salivating over the thought of suing cities with deep taxpayer pockets, when/if folks start spinning out and crashing because some moron cough Bowser cough officially allowed folks to slicken the road.
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> how slick
The Arkansas DOT was using some kind of adhesive vinyl appliques for a while, messages right on the road surface that were underneath cars so you couldn’t see them unless you were driving after midnight.
In rain, or morning or evening dew, whey were slicker than greased owl snot. Lane changes in a car could be exciting if you encountered one – no way to see them coming – in the middle of the maneuver. On a motorcycle you could wind up crossed up like an MX rider at 70mph in about one geewhillisecond.