The California Highway Patrol is tough on speeders, but not that tough.
This week signs appeared on Highway 101 near Marin City and on Highway 37 in Novato reading: "Speed Enforced By Drones" complete with a missile firing from the craft.
Speeders do have to worry about CHP officers, but not by getting bombed by one of the unmanned aerial vehicles.
"No, we do not have drones," deadpanned Marin CHP spokesman Andrew Barclay.
The signs, discovered Monday, were found eastbound on Highway 37 near Novato Creek and north and southbound along Highway 101 at Marin City. It's not clear if they were meant as a prank or political statement on the controversial weapon.
"Our officer drove by the first one on Highway 37 and did a double take," Barclay said. "He went back and tried to remove it, but it was put up with tamper-resistant bolts."
Eventually Caltrans had to be called to remove it. By Monday night all the signs were down.
"They were very professionally done, someone knew what they were doing," Barclay said.
The signs were in black and white and even had reflective material. As best as can be determined the signs were put up late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
The CHP is investigating the case and trying to determine where the signs were made in hopes of nabbing the perpetrator.
"The problem is people might slow to look at these things, or to take pictures, and the next thing you know we are
responding to an accident," Barclay said.
Barclay noted the signs violate the California Vehicle Code, which prohibit unauthorized signs from being posted on highways.
This is not the first time rogue signs have appeared along Marin roads this year.
In April retired resident Gerry Pearlman put up placards along Highway 1 in Muir Beach telling slow drivers to pull off the road into turnouts to let others pass.
Caltrans yanked those signs down and eventually put up its own.
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