Give Turtles a Break or Brake?
On a freeway on one of the routes I take to Washington DC is a sign with a turtle on it that says “Give me a break” or “Give me a brake”… the spelling here imparting the meaning of the pun. If it’s the former, then it means that you should just run over turtles on the road. If the latter, then you should try not to or something.
Does anyone who travels in Virginia know which sign it is that I likely saw?
Out west, the saying on the drivers’ test is “Don’t steer, hit the deer.” They figured out at some point, I guess, that there was more danger to yourself and other drivers if you veer away to avoid the deer than if you just hit it head on.
So I’d have to think that they’re telling you to just run over the turtle. I mean, unlike a deer, a turtle would represent a minimal thread to the driver. Given that this was on a freeway (or at least a highway) such would be a major concern. I could understand requesting that drivers work around turtles in some residential zone or something. But not there.
On the other hand, animal-loving environmentalists or something? Or maybe there is a reason I’m missing that’s a safety concern for real live humans? Or that suddenly breaking to avoid a turtle isn’t the threat I perceive it to be? Because I seriously hope that Northern Virginia isn’t prioritizing turtles here.