JUST HOW MANY ACCIDENTS ARE CAUSED BY BAD ROAD SIGNS?

The author discusses, with examples, the possibility that misleading road signs can cause accidents. He suggests that perhaps not enough guidance or training is given to the engineers responsible for their positioning. Two cases are given of signs involving a roundabout that was not there. In one case, signs indicated that the non-existent roundabout should be entered the wrong way, in the other case the author was involved in a collision with traffic that had been directed around the wrong way. A survey in Newcastle-upon-Tyne has shown that many motorists do not know the basic road signs. Also it has been suggested that the present pelican crossing is not distinguishable as a pedestrian crossing and the flashing amber light often leads to confusion between pedestrian and motorist. To avoid this confusion it is proposed that the European blue pedestrian crossing sign should be adopted in this country. /TRRL/

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    IPC Science and Technology Press Limited

    IPC House, 32 High Street
    Guildford, Surrey  England 
  • Authors:
    • Smith, G S
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00163846
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1977 12:00AM