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When To Post Regulatory Traffic Signs

July 25, 2018

If your organization includes paved roads on or near your property, you should be aware of how regulatory traffic signs are used and how they must comply with federal, state, and local regulations. Examples of these signs that remind drivers of the law are stop, yield, and no parking signs. They can be red, white, or yellow. Here are points to remember when determining your need for regulatory signs.

Parking Lot Size and Traffic

Owning a big parking lot requires much more responsibility in making sure certain signs are posted to reduce the risks of accidents. Without enough signs and pavement markings, the potential becomes greater for accidents and confusion over driving directions. Large apartment complexes definitely need to post multiple signs to remind drivers where they are headed and where parking is permitted. Several “no parking” signs may be necessary, especially near fire lanes.

A homeowners association has its own rules on how residents within its community must park their cars and where visitors must park. In order to remind people of these rules, “No Parking” signs with further information, such as warnings about towing, can help deter drivers from breaking the rules.

Since not all public places with parking lots have the same rules, you may want to consider a custom sign that gives information relative to your property. A “No Parking” sign, for example, can also say “except weekends and holidays,” or whatever is appropriate for your property. There may be areas where you want to post a “Loading Zone” sign that’s reserved for certain vendors. “No Turn” and “No U-Turn” signs are useful when you want to direct drivers to keep moving forward.

Special Usage of Regulatory Traffic Signs

  • lane control for passing
  • right of way clarification
  • weight limits and special lanes for trucks
  • road characteristics, such as closed roads
  • turn on headlights

Directing Traffic Away From Danger

One of the main purposes of regulatory traffic signs is to keep traffic moving safely. A “Do Not Enter” sign is a powerful way to force drivers to pursue another route, especially if the sign itself blocks the road. This sign usually indicates drivers will be entering the wrong direction and facing opposing traffic. “Wrong Way” and “One Way” regulatory traffic signs can be just as effective.

Speed limit signs are also considered regulatory signs, as they alert drivers to check their driving speed and slow down if they’re moving too fast. “Reduced Speed Ahead” is an effective message for telling drivers to slow down. A more forceful approach is to use warning signs such as “fines double” or those that display the exact dollar amount of the penalty. Other types of regulatory signs include signs with arrows that tell you to keep left or keep right.

Regulatory signs help keep traffic orderly on your property. The more you use them, the less likely you will have to deal with accidents. For more information about regulatory traffic signs contact Zumar at our Arizona, California or Washington location.

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