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View Poll Results: Do you think that the U.S.A should use both Imperial/English & Metric system on road signs?
Yes, we should have Metric included! 16 25.81%
No, keep it only imperial like now 32 51.61%
U.S should only use metric like other countries in the whole world 14 22.58%
Voters: 62. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-09-2008, 09:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Here's the one that really kills me. Just who in the Hell can't read but's looking for the library?

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh92/Irishtom29/300_BHP-LIBRARY-SIGN-FACING-EAS.gif (broken link)

 
Old 07-09-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Another reason is that if one is moving from Canada to the States, you would have to have mile markings on the speedometer which is another unnecessary moving cost. (I glanced through my friends drivers window and the km/h markings were big enough; anything smaller, such as supplementary mph markings, was too small to be seen through the window so I'm not sure if they are included on Canadian cars.)
Every car I have seen from Canada does have the MPH markings as well as the larger km/h markings. (42 out of 44 years spent within 100 miles of Canada, 20 of those spent within 10 miles of Canada, so I have seen literally thousands of Canadian vehicles. If somebody is moving to the US from Canada there is a 95% probability that their vehicle meets US standards already, there are a few vehicles that are sold in Canada that doesn't meet US standards and those have to be made to comply before they can be registered in the states anyway.

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Even driving to Alaska entails the danger of unfamiliarity with metric; you could be looking at the MPH accidentally, going too fast, and rear-end the car in front on the two-lane road.
If you are in danger of rear-ending somebody on a two-lane road because they are going slower than you are; you need to get off the road regardless if you are using one system of speed/distance measurement and they are using another. That is a very bad argument to use for the implementation of the metric system in the US.
 
Old 07-09-2008, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Here's the one that really kills me. Just who in the Hell can't read but's looking for the library?

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh92/Irishtom29/300_BHP-LIBRARY-SIGN-FACING-EAS.gif (broken link)

What does this have to do with imperial/metric signs?
 
Old 07-09-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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A lot of the new cars won't have the "big MPH/little KPH" problem. Cars with digital displays (like Prius') usually have an option to switch between the two. Even some newer cars (my mother's new-ish Malibu) with standard displays have an option to switch the display from mph to kph...it just lights up a different light under the speedometer and starts measuring in the different unit. It could even be possible in the future to link that to a car's GPS to switch automatically when crossing borders.

Still, I'd be ok with switching out signs nationally. It would cost a bundle, given the cost of metal today, but if the old signs were sold for scrap that would help the cost. Above all else, it would give a bunch of people jobs who need them.
 
Old 07-09-2008, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Americans should respect people from other countries that they know the metric!
No we shouldn't. We'll do that as soon as the rest of the world starts respecting us. How about that.
 
Old 07-09-2008, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Ca2Mo2Ga2Va!
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United States should have Metric system included as these posters in the whole country, as we already have Kilometers included in our speed limits on cars + metrics on packages in our food stores. Americans should respect people from other countries that they know the metric!

UGH, we already have to "respect" certain people from other countries by having to translate EVERYTHING into Spanish. I think Americans have been more than accomodating to foreigners.
 
Old 07-09-2008, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Ca2Mo2Ga2Va!
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Here's the one that really kills me. Just who in the Hell can't read but's looking for the library?

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh92/Irishtom29/300_BHP-LIBRARY-SIGN-FACING-EAS.gif (broken link)
ROFL that is hilarious!
 
Old 07-09-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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What does this have to do with imperial/metric signs?

One thing brings a similar thing to mind, that's what it has to do with it. It's called conversation.
 
Old 07-09-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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It's called conversation.
Really? I had no idea!
 
Old 07-11-2008, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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Keeping the un-American Colonial system? That's Monarchist talk!

Change in '09!!!

I TOTALLY AGREE with you!!



Metric System is great!!
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