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Remember, Traffic Signals: • Can increase collisions • Can increase neighborhood cut-through traffic
When STOP signs are installed on one street, drivers on the other street tend to increase speeds since they have the right of way. Drivers tend not to care, since they feel others need to yield to them.Under the right conditions STOP signs can play an important role in traffic safety. National standards have been established to determine when STOP signs should be installed. These standards consider traffic speed and the number of gaps in traffic to allow safe vehicle entry or pedestrian crossing.STOP signs used at intersections should stop vehicles on the street with less traffic. Four-way STOP's are helpful only when traffic is high and approximately equal on all four approaches. At least 500 cars per hour for a substantial portion of the day, is necessary to make four-way STOP's beneficial.Most drivers are reasonable and prudent. When confronted with unreasonable and unnecessary restrictions, motorists are more likely to violate them. They usually develop contempt for all traffic signs, often with tragic results.
Remember, STOP Signs:• Do not stop speeding • Increase Air and Noise Pollution • Waste Fuel
Remember, STOP Signs:• Do not stop speeding • Increase Air and Noise Pollution • Waste FuelQ: Will "Children at Play" Signs Help Slow Traffic? A: Signs are used to guide and direct motorists. Unnecessary signs can confuse, distract and irritate motorists. Use of unnecessary signs can promote a disrespect for all signs. The best example is the "CHILDREN AT PLAY" sign.While it may seem that this sign would protect neighborhood youngsters, facts indicate otherwise. Although some communities have posted these signs in residential areas, no evidence exists to prove that these signs help reduce pedestrian accidents or lower speed.Studies have shown that many signs in residential areas, installed to "Warn" people of normal conditions fail to improve safety.Pedestrians can get a false sense of security since drivers often disregard these signs. Signs that encourage parents or children to believe they have added protection can do more harm than good. Children should not be encouraged to play in the street. Federal standards reject these signs because they openly suggest that playing in the street is acceptable.Since children live on nearly every residential block, warning signs would have to be placed on each street. Blocks with no signs might imply that no children live there, proving more opportunity to speed.Because of the serious concerns, Pennsylvania law does not recognize "Children at Play" signs. Specific warnings for schools and crosswalks are available for use where they clearly serve a purpose.
Warning signs can be effective tools if used sparingly and only to warn motorists of uncommon hazards that are not apparent to drivers.Remember, "Children at Play" Signs:• Are generally disregarded by motorists • Give pedestrians a false sense of security