The Stop sign is one of the prohibitory signs. Generally road signs were introduced to ensure orderliness on the roads. However, international signs with symbols have been developed in Europe because of different languages that brought barriers. It has been adopted in most part of the world. It is very important to know common symbols. Those who don’t know them should not drive. Symbols are easier and faster to recognize than words. Road signs are better with symbols to facilitate international traffic.
Road signs are of three categories. Warning signs, regulatory signs and informatory signs. The stop sign is a prohibitory sign which is under regulatory sign. It is octagonal in shape, with red borders, and yellow or white inscriptions and border respectively. Drivers are to come to a complete stop anytime they see one.
Features of stop sign
- Drivers are expected to stop upon seeing it at one road corner or road junction. Observe the road if it is free then they can proceed.
- It is generally used to control traffic. Usually at road junctions.
- A stop sign image has the same shape and colours world wide.
- It is octagon-shape and red in colour.
- We should know that not all every intersection have a stop sign. This is because they are used only to control the movement of vehicles at dangerous intersections.
- They are usually found at the four corners crossing where the traffic is not heavy enough to require a traffic light. It is seen at residential areas, near children playgrounds, or near a school where children have to cross the street.
Stop sign rules
- At any area where there are multiple stop signs, the driver that stops first usually continues first.
- At a single intersections, if two cars stopped at the same time, the general rule is that the car on the right has the right-of-way.
- Drivers must come to a complete stop at the intersection
- Wait for your turn, double check for oncoming traffic or pedestrians and then slowly proceed into the intersection.
Criteria on installation
- An accident prone area
- Area not visible enough
- Pedestrian and vehicle misunderstanding
- Area being used regularly by school age children, elderly or handicapped pedestrian.
- Excessive by motorist along the area.