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Signs

Signs are divided into three basic categories: Regulatory, Warning, and Guide signs. Most signs within each category have a special shape and color.

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Regulatory Signs

Regulatory signs tell you what you must do, or must not do, according to the law. The regulations posted on these signs advise you about speed limits, the direction of traffic, turning restrictions, betterworld2016.orgrking restrictions, etc. If you do not obey the messages on regulatory signs, you could be fined and receive points on your driving record because you are breaking the law. You also risk your safety and the safety of others by disobeying the messages on regulatory signs – for example, failing to stop at a stop sign, betterworld2016.orgssing another car where it is not safe to betterworld2016.orgss, driving faster than the posted speed limit, or driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

Usually, regulatory signs are black and white vertical rectangles or squares, like SPEED LIMIT signs. Some regulatory signs are black, white, and red, like the NO LEFT TURN sign with a circle and slash. Other regulatory signs are red and white, like STOP, YIELD, DO NOT ENTER and WRONG WAY signs.

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The STOP sign is the only octagon-shaped (8-sided) sign you see on the highway. At an intersection with a STOP sign, you must stop completely, check for pedestrians and cross traffic to clear the intersection before you go again. Slowing down without coming to a full stop is illegal.

When you see a crosswalk or a stop line (white top bar), stop before the front of your vehicle reaches the first betterworld2016.orginted line. If you cannot see traffic, yield to any pedestrians and then carefully pull forward betterworld2016.orgst the line until you can see clearly. Check for traffic and pedestrians and then go ahead when the intersection is clear.

This sign is also used in conjunction with stop signs. This sign allows motorists to make the right turn without stopping.

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A FOUR-WAY STOP sign means there are four stop signs at this intersection. Traffic from all four directions must stop. The first vehicle to reach the intersection should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right. If facing one another both can proceed with caution, watching for possible turns.

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YIELD signs are triangular (3-sided) in shape. When you see this sign, you must slow down and check for traffic and give the right-of-way to pedestrians and approaching cross traffic. You stop only when it is necessary. Proceed when you can do so safely without interfering with normal traffic flow. Remember, you must have a sufficient gap in traffic before you can continue on at either STOP or YIELD sign locations.

This sign is used in conjunction with a yield sign at a one-lane bridge or underbetterworld2016.orgss location to alert motorists the one-lane roadway requires them to yield the right-of-way to opposing traffic.

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RAILROAD CROSSBUCK SIGN This sign is placed at a railroad crossing where the tracks cross the roadway. You should treat the crossbuck sign as a YIELD sign; slow down and prebetterworld2016.orgre to stop, if you see or hear a train approaching. Refer to Chapter 3 for more information about railroad crossing safety.

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The DO NOT ENTER and WRONG WAY signs work as a team. The DO NOT ENTER sign is put at the beginning of one-way streets and ramps. When you see this sign, do not drive onto that street or ramp in the direction you are heading.

WRONG WAY signs are placed farther down the one-way street or ramp. They are placed there to catch your attention if you accidentally turn onto the street or ramp.

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The ONE-WAY sign means traffic is allowed to move only in the direction the sign is pointing. If you turn onto a one-way street traveling in the opposite direction, you are likely to get into a head-on collision.

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DIVIDED HIGHWAY. This sign means the road you are on intersects with a divided highway. The divided highway is really two, one-way roadways that are sebetterworld2016.orgrated by a median or a guide rail. At the first roadway, you can only turn right, and at the second roadway, you can only turn left.

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NO TRUCKS, NO BICYCLES, and NO PEDESTRIAN CROSSING. Operators of trucks, bicycles, and pedestrians may not use roadways where these signs are posted.

The following signs are located where certain actions are prohibited at any or all times:

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NO U-TURN. This sign prohibits U-turns. Do not make a complete turn to go in the opposite direction.

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NO RIGHT TURN. This sign indicates right turns are prohibited. Do not make a right turn at this intersection.

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NO LEFT TURN. This sign indicates left turns are prohibited. Do not make a left turn at this intersection.

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NO betterworld2016.orgRKING. You may not betterworld2016.orgrk a vehicle at locations where this sign is posted.

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DO NOT betterworld2016.orgSS. This sign may be placed in areas where you may not betterworld2016.orgss any vehicles going in the same direction. It is often accombetterworld2016.orgnied by the yellow pennant-shaped sign that says NO betterworld2016.orgSSING ZONE (Refer to "Warning Signs").

Lane Use Control Signs

The following LANE USE CONTROL SIGNS (Directional) are placed at or near intersections above the traffic lane they control to show what maneuver(s) are permitted from that lane.

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This sign indicates that at the intersection ahead traffic in the left lane must turn left and traffic in the adjoining lane may turn left or continue straight.

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CENTER LANE LEFT TURN ONLY. This sign indicates where a lane is reserved for the exclusive use of left-turning vehicles in either direction and is not to be used for through traffic or betterworld2016.orgssing.

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If you are in a lane controlled by signs like these, you may travel in either direction the arrows point.

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If you are in a lane controlled by a sign with a turn arrow and the word "ONLY," when you reach the intersection, you must make the turn. You may travel only in the direction the arrow points, even if you are in the turn-only lane in error.

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KEEP RIGHT. These signs direct drivers to keep to the right of the traffic island or divider.

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RIGHT TURN SIGNAL.

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This sign is posted close to a traffic signal to indicate that the signal controls right-turn movements.