This is the oldest sign I've seen. It's located on the same street as the sign pictured above. It's a mystery to me why this sign hasn't been taken down. It's not very visible to drivers in its current condition. I wonder how long it's been there. This sign makes me wonder when/if signs like these are ever taken down. What happens after the child grows up? What happens if the family moves away? Is it up to the family to have them removed?
This photo has not been retouched, I swear. The sign has been allowed to remain in this condition for years even with the obvious misspelling. Do you suppose someone vandalized this sign and rubbed off the letter D? Why has no one replaced the missing letter? How much attention do people pay to these signs anyways?
It's the same with this sign which is located on the opposite side of the street a block down from the one above. It makes me wonder, who pays for these signs? The town or the family? I haven't been able to locate any information on legal requirements for these signs. They are not to be found among the many street signs identified in the Illinois driver's manual.
When we came across this tilted sign while I was taking these photos, my husband put his shoulder to it and straightened it out. It makes me feel like it's up to us rather than the municipality to maintain these signs. Surely police officers and other city workers had driven by this sign and not fixed it.
From what I've read on the internet, there's mixed opinions on the effectiveness of these signs. Based on the sorry state of the ones I've shown here, I wonder who is paying attention to them. What do you think? Are these signs a good idea? If so, who should be responsible for maintaining them?