Mistaken traffic counter blown up

Mistaken traffic counter blown up

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    Mistaken traffic counter blown up

    I found this extremely humorous since I use these at work. After the advertisement-gone-awry bomb scare, Boston has been quite panicky (and I guess understandably so). They confused a harmless ATR hose counter for a bomb, and even detonated it.

    http://www.myfoxboston.com/myfox/pag...Y&pageId=1.1.1

    So if you see a green box with black hoses stretched across the road, don't fret, it isn't a bomb. It is just a device that measures traffic volume, vehicle class, and speed.

    That reminds me, please don't slow down when you drive over these hoses. While police forces on occasion use hose counters to monitor speed, their accuracy is not court approved. Traffic engineers sift through the collected data and arrive at an average speed that we use for design purposes and traffic impact analysis.

    Enough of my boring geek babble... hope you find this humorous as well.
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    I like how the bomb squad handler is there, all serious, and in the background there is a guy on a bike just strolling by.

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    Wolf in sheep's clothing. The perfect style of masquerading a "device." Surprising that it hasn't become a normal tactic, since so many things could go unnoticed.
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    We've got speed cameras in fixed positions and in unmarked vans that run all over town. I wonder if I call in that I'm concerned about the "flashing box" then they would send someone to blow up the camera....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixBravo View Post
    We've got speed cameras in fixed positions and in unmarked vans that run all over town. I wonder if I call in that I'm concerned about the "flashing box" then they would send someone to blow up the camera....
    HEY!! I was going to do that. Darn you...My evil plot is foiled.
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    New Headline.
    Bomb kills terrorist while trying to plant it in traffic counter.
    Citizen ran over rubber hose.

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    Take that you evil black er… green traffic counters.
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    I have yet to see one! (Don't recall one anyways!)

    I now at least consider myself equipped to drive straight over the ''hose'' LOL.
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    Boston...

    is beginning to sound like a 'dangerous' place...two times in a month?

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    In light of the Boston incident, our company sent out an email to our technicians and engineers to be careful when laying hose counters for ATR counts. During the winters here in Pennsylvania, we have a hard time getting the tar tape to adhere to the cold and ofter salt stained pavement. We've adapted the simple technique of using a small blow torch to heat the pavement and the tar tape. We realized placing a suspicious box on the side of the road and using a blow torch may make us appear as terrorist, despite wearing construction green vests. Haha. Not only do we have to account for snow and plows in our field work, now we have to account for bomb squads. And I was beginning to think my job was boring...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eagle5 View Post
    In light of the Boston incident, our company sent out an email to our technicians and engineers to be careful when laying hose counters for ATR counts. During the winters here in Pennsylvania, we have a hard time getting the tar tape to adhere to the cold and ofter salt stained pavement. We've adapted the simple technique of using a small blow torch to heat the pavement and the tar tape. We realized placing a suspicious box on the side of the road and using a blow torch may make us appear as terrorist, despite wearing construction green vests. Haha. Not only do we have to account for snow and plows in our field work, now we have to account for bomb squads. And I was beginning to think my job was boring...
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    What's next? Suspicious man-hole covers?

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