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Old April 21st, 2014, 10:47 PM   #161
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A very interesting signs from Brazil




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Old April 22nd, 2014, 09:01 PM   #162
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Just from the amount of the signs (5) it seems that drivers actually do tend to find the red circle confusing. And the striped board would also mean the completely other direction in my country at least.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 09:29 PM   #163
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I don't understand why the heck are on the roundabout signs rather suitable for T-shaped intersection.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 01:07 AM   #164
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It looks like the sign maker has a friend in the sign-purchasing department of the highway maintenance authority . In the U.S., there would be a "KEEP RIGHT" sign in the island either in letters, graphic or combined and no signs prohibiting driving on the left because that's already prohibited by the double yellow lane which, by its yellow color indicates two-way movement of traffic and, by its double nature, indicates "NO PASSING" to the left of it.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 01:11 AM   #165
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actually US probably would have just put a little bit more asphalt and just made the road come in a merge ramp on the right, so obvious and impossible to do wrong, instead of such a tight angle needing STOP sign and all this chaos

Why make a roundabout when you only can go right
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 01:13 AM   #166
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In addition to those, in South Florida we have signs for panther and crocodile/alligator crossing. In highways near airports, we also have "LOW FLYING PLANES" warning signs. Never seen one for the "strange vehocles present", though.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 01:43 AM   #167
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Is there any country in the world that still don't use the octagonal stop sign?
In Italy it was indroduced in 1992, before we used this:

Can still be found, albeit very rarely, in some very small road in the countryside or private parking lot.
Cuba used the universal octagonal red stop sign until the mid 1960's then switched to the one in the picture with the word "PARE" (stop) in the center which are still in use. They are very confusing because they are identical to the "CEDA" (yield) signs except for the word "PARE".

From the 1950's through the 1970's, Cuba also had signs at every intersection indicating the direction of traffic with an arrow (double-headed for two-way traffic and single-headed for one-way) on red or green background that worked in the same fashion as the red and green navigational lights on ships. Even if there were no stop or yield signs or traffic lights, the color of the background on the traffic-direction arrow sign indicated who had the right of way. If you saw a white arrow on red background, that meant that you had to yield to cross-traffic because drivers on that road had "preference" (right of way). At the same time, drivers on the preferential road saw the green background on your street's arrow sign, which meant that they could continue without stopping or yielding because they were facing a "secondary" (non-preferential) road whose drivers did not have the right of way.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 01:48 AM   #168
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Here is the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways of the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration which regulates the highway signs used in the United States:

http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 01:55 AM   #169
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Cuba used the universal octagonal red stop sign until the mid 1960's then switched to the one in the picture with the word "PARE" (stop) in the center which are still in use. They are very confusing because they are identical to the "CEDA" (yield) signs except for the word "PARE".
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 03:39 AM   #170
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The US sign manual (MUTCD) introduced a few years ago the sign with the red ring and slash over the straight arrow and calls it a "no straight through" sign. It's for situations where traffic is required to turn left or right at an intersection and not allowed to go straight ahead, but not because it's a one-way road in the opposing direction. I've never seen one of these, but I know a situation where it could have been used, at an 4-way intersection where the ahead direction went into a shopping center parking lot, and traffic was not allowed to go straight through, to prevent cars from cutting through the lot to get to another road on the far side of the lot. Traffic was allowed to turn into the shopping center from the other two directions (hope that makes sense). The US also has the common "do not enter" sign (white bar on red dot) for potential wrong-way situations (like at the end of a freeway off-ramp or the opposing side of a divided highway).

I don't think the "no straight through" sign works very well for "do not enter" because it only works if the restricted roadway is straight ahead, not if at any kind of an angle to the driver. The standard "do not enter" sign can work on a roadway at any angle to the driver (plus it's more unique and easily recognizable). I have the same complaint about the US "keep right" sign, which we adopted from Canada. I much prefer the European version with the diagonal down-pointing arrow for the same reason.
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I guess my Canadian life exceeds my European roots, that damn blue circle arrow always makes me think... what, I should drive my car underneath the road?

I don't really get the "no straight". Here they put that on the wrong end of a highway ramp, fine, but normally I prefer the "must turn left / straight" green circle one...
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 05:05 AM   #172
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More some pictures from Brazil, its confusing for non-brazilian but today its our national standard:
















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Old April 23rd, 2014, 05:37 AM   #173
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the only Brazil sign that worries me is that too popular Fiscalisacao Eletronica one... I don't know what it means, but whatever it could mean, it sounds painful! Is it just a scare-tactic or really means something is going to bite you...
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 05:52 AM   #174
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[QUOTE=xrtn2;113415925]More some pictures from Brazil, its confusing for non-brazilian but today its our national standard:



This looks bizarre. Why are the directions of travel reversed?

I think the issue with the Brazilian signs is that elsewhere, a round sign with a red border means you're limited or prohibited from doing something, not that you're required to do something.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 10:45 AM   #176
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Perhaps this is the local variant of a Texas U-turn.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 01:33 PM   #177
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This sign cannot into Brazil:

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Old April 23rd, 2014, 01:55 PM   #178
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That one too :



Seems like the most confusing for foreigners are the lack of those two :

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This red sign its a kind of weird for us.
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