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Published:February 20th, 2011 10:42 EST
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Aussie Town Changes Name From Speed To Speed Kills

By Robert Paul Reyes

"An Australian hamlet has changed its name to `SpeedKills` to encourage drivers to slow down after a leap in road deaths.

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The community of Speed, population 45, has made the switch for a month, while local farmer Phil Down was also temporarily renamed Phil Slow Down at a ceremony on Friday.

The changes are part of a safety campaign in the southeastern state of Victoria after rural road deaths shot up by about 25 percent last year." AFP

Aussies are a fun-loving people, but they keep it real. A billboard on the Bruce Highway south of Mackay warns drivers: Slow Down Stupid. There would be an outcry if a billboard like that was erected in the States, the politically-correct crowd would complain that it was insensitive to the mentally-challenged.

I think it`s great that the town of "Speed" changed its name to "SpeedKills" to remind drivers to slow down.

We can learn from the Aussies, and name certain streets that are frequented by streetwalkers in New York City, Oakland, Boston and other large cities "Hookers Spread STD`s Boulevard" or "Does Your Wife Know You Picked Up A Crack Ho" Avenue.

We must learn to think outside the box, and not be afraid to look ridiculous.

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