Slowing Traffic

Published: 23/12/2009

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A farmer had lived on a quiet rural highway for years but as time went by, the traffic slowly built up at an alarming rate. The traffic was so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day. So one day he called the sheriff's office and said, "You've got to do something about all of these people driving so fast and killing all of my chickens."

"What do you want me to do?" asked the sheriff.

"I don't care, just do something about those drivers."

So the next day, the Sheriff had the county go out and put up a sign that said:


Three days later the farmer called the sheriff and said, "You've got to do something about these drivers. The 'school crossing' sign seems to make them go faster."

So, again, the sheriff sends out the county and they put up a new sign:


And that really sped them up. So the farmer called and called and called every day for three weeks. Finally, he told the sheriff, "Your signs are doing no good. Is it all right for me to put up my own darn sign?"

The sheriff, tired of all the calls, told him, "I don't mind at all! Put up your own sign."

Suddenly, the telephone calls from the farmer stopped. Three weeks passed and the sheriff decided to go out and see what had happened. It took longer than usual to drive to the farmer's house because the traffic was moving very slow. And there, in the farmer's front yard, was a big hand-painted sign that read: