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Children's Crossing Signs in the U.S.A.

New York, 1997

Washington D.C., VII.2001;
pict. S. Visser

Washington D.C., VII.2001;
pict. S. Visser

The first sign warns for a crossing ahead.
The actual crossing is shown with a second panel with people between the lines. Ask any politician and he will tell you that this exactly is where people belong.
The walking family sign is a rarity. It is one of only a couple of mom-dad-offspring-signs ever reported by a team member. The other find was in Myanmar.

Learn everything about road signs in the U.S. at the site of R.C. Moeur: Manual of Traffic Signs.

Washington D.C., VII.2001;
pict. S. Visser

Yosemite N.P., 25.X.1998;
pict. J. Cornellier

Both examples lack the most important feature in roadsigns: clarity. You can read the old-fashioned sign in several different ways; it is not clear without thinking what is the correct way. It is only after some precious time that the most probable meaning comes to the mind. It is not slow children who are playing; it is not children that are slowly playing; no it is you. You must go slow because children might be playing.

But, at least, the warning has a nice drawing.

Which we cannot say about the modern warning. It is such a bad drawing that a caption is needed to make clear that the warning is about children; retarded children.

Both signs together are clearly supporting our point about how iconization doesn't do anything good for safety on the road. The case is further explained in Armenia and our Monsieur Jean has also a word or two to say about this trend.

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