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NMA Reporter 2008-12-12 15:57

Are Traffic Signs Dangerous?
 
<b>NMA Article: Are Traffic Signs Dangerous?</b><br/><br/><p><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 8px; border-right-width: 0px" src="http://www.motorists.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/AreTrafficSignsDangerous_A83E/trafficsigns.jpg" border="0" alt="trafficsigns" width="529" height="204" /><br />
A Duke University professor said Tuesday that U.S. highway fatalities are high because speed limits and stop signs have dumbed down and distracted American drivers.</p>
<p>“Driving in America is annoying. And traffic signals are not just annoying, they are dangerous,” said John Staddon, who holds a doctorate in experimental psychology and is past editor of the journals Behavioural Process and Behavior & Philosophy.</p>
<p>The professor maintains that the signs divert the driver’s attention from the road, because the signs are placed off the road.</p>
<p>He criticized the number of stop signs in the United States — essentially at every intersection.</p>
<p>“And more important, they require a stop even when stopping is not necessary for safety’s sake,” Staddon said.</p>
<p>And worse, he added, American neighborhoods use four-way stops to slow traffic, “which is not a good use for them.”</p>
<p>When asked if he thought there would be a movement in the United States to remove stop and speed limit signs, he replied: “I hope so. They are dangerous.”</p>
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