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Insanity Falls on Alabama: State Blocks Signs Leading Drivers to Tornado Shelters

Written by Gary North on May 10, 2012

North’s first law of bureaucracy: “There is no law that will not eventually be enforced by some bureaucrat to the point of insanity.”

A fine example of the universality of this law is the decision by the Alabama Department of Transportation to prohibit a county from placing signs on the highways directing drivers to a local tornado shelter.

The stupidity of this ruling blows me away.

The bureaucrat who made this decision explained why in an email.

The use of shelter directional signs have not yet been approved for installation on state roads . . . the overuse and overcrowding of signs can be a distraction to motorist (sic) and often lead to a disregard or disrespect of necessary regulatory and roadway warning signs. . . . We understand the importance of notifying and guiding the public to storm shelters, but we cannot permit these signs on state routes.

The Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices requires States to develop a comprehensive plane (sic) to address miscellaneous guide signs and their installation on State roads. We limit guide signs, other than the primary destinations (Towns and Cities), to those destinations that a large number of motorists may be looking for. Our State Traffic Engineer has determined these signs are not approved for installation on State roads and has previously denied requests for shelter signs in South Alabama.

Next, there was a manifestation of North’s second law of bureaucracy: “Only two things can change a bureaucracy: a budget cut or bad publicity.”

Fox News reported the decision of the Department of Transportation. Lo and behold, the DoT reversed its dotty decision.

The dotty decision was in response to another dotty decision a year ago. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, decided to tear down all of the tornado shelters in the county’s schools. The county took FEMA to court and won.

Then it put up signs leading to the tornado shelters.

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10 thoughts on “Insanity Falls on Alabama: State Blocks Signs Leading Drivers to Tornado Shelters

  1. When we reject Yahweh's morality as codified in His perfect law and altogether righteous judgments (Psalm 19:7-9), Yahweh promised to make us stupid. Yahweh, as always, is true to His promises.

  2. Dr. Barbara says:

    There brains are backward. I really believe that's what it has to be. So, if the people had not made to a shelter during a tornado and many of them were killed, would that be Bush's fault?

  3. Dr. Barbara says:

    I can't believe I used the wrong "their/there." Good grief.

  4. "The dotty decision was in response to another dotty decision a year ago. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, decided to tear down all of the tornado shelters in the county’s schools."

    This is EXACTLY why the federal government has to go back to its original intent. No matter what they touch, they find a way to screw it up. The feds tear out tornado shelters in SCHOOLS? Wow, THAT makes sense. Nothing like spending money to rip out shelters and now it will cost taxpayers more money to reinstall them. Oh, and we wouldn't want the citizens of Alabama or those passing through the state to know where there's a tornado shelter because there will be too many signs. I see plenty of signs for McDonalds, BK, IHop, hotels and various gas stations.

    I notice that there aren't any problems with the tacky Obama stimulus package signs along the freeways.

  5. See what happens when the inmates take over the asylum!

  6. @ JoJo : You are wise beyond your years. [ Dems are dumb between the ears ] We must get the Federal 'Guvmint out of almost everything. It will take YEARS but it must be done – reduce their budgets and starve down the bureaucrats' agencies. Vote Out the Knuckleheads !

    Note to " The Tea Party Economist ": Please run a picture of one of those Tornado Shelter signs so the next time I am driving through 'Bama, I will know what to look for, okay ! Thanks.

  7. A. Roberts says:

    Are you really a doctor? Then why don't you know that the first word of your post is spelled THEIR.

  8. it isnt the dems, it's the inbreeding!

  9. wow, doctors cant be human? Get a life!