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Keep Back 500 Feet

Keep Back 500 Feet

The sign on the back of this fire truck says "Keep Back 500 Feet". That's a whole city block! One and a half football fields! There's no way I could possibly read that sign from that distance! So I'd have to get up close to even read it! Wtf? Is this a joke?

That was my reaction, and why I took this picture while stopped behind the truck at a red light. Upon further research, I discovered that it really is the law to keep back 500 feet from a fire truck, but only if it is responding to an emergency, with lights flashing.

But in that case, why doesn't the say "Keep Back 500 Feet When Siren Is On" or something like that? It would only take up one more line, and of course they clearly don't expect you to read it from 500 feet away anyway. :P

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LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

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