Lamorinda Patch gets a lot of mail from readers asking about local issues and happenings around town. Today we received an interesting email from Jo Mele of Moraga, and wonder if any of you are struck -- as Jo was -- by the lack of information informational signs dispense around these parts.
"What do the signs around school that read ‘25 MPH when children are present’, mean?’ Jo pondered. "I get the 25MPH but when children are present. It’s the 'when' part that has me confused. Is it: during school hours; when kids are walking on the sidewalk; on the playground?"
Jo said the point was driven home one evening as she was driving home with her grandson in the car.
"He asked how fast I was going. I said 30 and he said: 'Shouldn’t you be going 25 since I’m in the car?' I hadn’t thought of that option. So I slowed down to 25 even though it was Sunday night and there wasn’t another kid in sight..."
Our answer to Jo's grandson would be that drivers should slow to 25mph when they see children present at the crosswalk where the sign is stationed, but we can see that the meaning may be open to interpretation.
"Informational and directional signs should answer questions, not confuse people," she wrote and we agree. Have you spotted any signage around town that may be causing more confusion than it's alleviating?