Transtar signs… what’s the point?

All right, so, I left the house at around 6 AM in order to get to the office early. An hour later, I FINALLY got past this major accident at Richey Road (two or three miles south of Louetta on I-45, which is where I had entered the freeway) where some guy had run into the wall in his SUV and gotten killed. If I had known it would take THAT long to get around the wreck, I would have exited at FM 1960.

Unfortunately, the Transtar electronic sign between Cypresswood and FM 1960 was not operating, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

Has anyone else noticed this? It seems to me that the only time the Transtar signs show accident information, it’s for a location far enough away where it won’t directly affect you. Either that, or it gives travel time information only when traffic is good. When there’s a major accident up ahead that directly affects you or traffic is really backed up, it always looks like the signs are either offline or show a useless message like “Drink, drive, go to jail”. *sigh*

I dunno… I realize I’m still a tad frustrated from having to sit in traffic for so long, but really, if you’re going to have those signs, keep them updated! That’s what they’re there for, after all…