LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It happened again Thursday morning,
maybe for the last time. An electronic road sign, meant to alert drivers about
a shift in traffic patterns approaching construction work on Brownsboro Road near Hite Avenue,
was hacked to read "RAWR."
On Tuesday evening, a prankster changed the sign to read, "HONK
IF YOURE [sic] HORNY." Officials
changed the sign back to its original message, but by Wednesday morning, the
sign had been changed again to read, "BEWARE OF ZOMBIES."
Thursday's message was perhaps an acknowledgment by the
culprit that he or she has not been identified or caught, although it was not
clear whether the same person was responsible for all three incidents. Lindsay
English, a spokesperson for Metro Public Works and Assets, would not comment when
asked whether the culprit or culprits would be prosecuted if captured.
English said steps were being taken to address the problem,
which she called a public safety issue. English said her department was looking
at finding a way to make the electronic signs more secure or perhaps removing
all of the electronic signs in the Brownsboro Road construction zone altogether
and replacing them with more permanent signs.
English said a lock had been added to the sign in question
after Wednesday's incident, but the lock was intact after the most recent case.
English said all such highway signs are password-protected and can be
programmed one of two ways: through a control box on-site or through a laptop
computer that's connected to the signs.
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