I see this on traffic signs around my town, and I don't think it makes any sense. I googled the phrase and apparently a lot of people use it that way, but that does not change my opinion.

I think you can:
Enforce a law
Respond to a violation
Punish a violator

But how can you enforce a violation? Violations are prohibited… not enforced.

  • To me it means that if you commit a violation then the law will be enforced. – Kris Quigley May 19 '12 at 5:13
  • I am sure that is what the sign writers wanted to say. I don't think the words they chose work the way they used them. – The111 May 19 '12 at 5:30
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    Unless 'Violations' is the name of the relevent section in the rule book. – Kris May 19 '12 at 5:43
  • It can't mean what it doesn't, can it? – Kris May 19 '12 at 5:45
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    It should be sense in the title. – Kris May 19 '12 at 5:47

Enforce means to impose or make effective. eg, enforce silence, enforce a law.

So, no, you cannot enforce violations (unless if you are suggesting that people are compelled to make violations).

  • This answer is technically correct. Let's consider not only definition, but connotation. The sign writer wanted the reader to consider their own potential violation, then consider the law being enforced. The sign gets its point across. – TecBrat Dec 18 '12 at 10:26

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