Romania Warns Its Citizens: "Attention--Drunks"

Posted by Prince Gomolvilas
ON Friday, April 16, 2010
As you may know, this blog has been the #1 online destination for people who desire to explore the complex, philosophical question of "Is Romania a shithole?" (For the seemingly endless discussion, go here.) Add the following news report to the body of evidence, would you? According to the Telegraph:

Officials in Pecica, a village town about 13 miles from the Hungarian border in the [Romania's] west, ordered the bright red signs, complete with the phrase "Attention—Drunks."

The 10 road signs, which also show a person crawling on their knees while clutching a glass in one hand, were erected in popular nightspot areas close to the city's bars and restaurants.

Peter Antal, the Pecica Mayor, said the idea came after he visited an unnamed town in Germany, which had installed similar signs.

He said officials took action after a "despairing" number of accidents in the town, which has a population of about 13,000, caused by drunken revellers, with some even resulting in fatalities.

He said it was not motorists' fault but blamed the town's pedestrians, many of whom were not able to look out for themselves as they walked around the town, which is more than 300 miles west of the Romanian capital, Bucharest....

He denied the signs would send out the wrong message to the town's residents, claiming they were a "positive contribution."

Residents said they found the signs amusing.

Well, guess what? The mayor is having the signs removed! From Sify:

Traffic signs warning Romanian drivers of 'drunken' pedestrians have been scrapped by road safety officials following 'excessive' media coverage....

Council chiefs decided to change them, with motorists now seeing signs warning of "other dangers" in the village....

"We had consultations with representatives of Arad County Traffic Police and we decided together that this indicator be changed to those with the meaning 'other dangers,' which are...in the road."

Wait, wait, wait. There are more dangers?! What are they? And are these new signs any better that the old ones?
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