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  1. They warn of conditions ahead that require caution or extra alertness for safe operation of the
  2. They guide drivers to their destination by identifying the rout
  3. They inform drivers of


  1. Study the sign section of this manual and associate the meaning of each sign with the behavior that is expected of you as a driver.
  2. Look for signs when you Look far ahead. Move your eyes. It is easy for a “stare” driver to miss traffic signs.
  3. Obey all The result of good sign observance is doing the right thing at the right time.

 REGULATORY SIGN • black or red on white

  1. Regulatory signs indicate an instruction for the driver that must be understood and obeyed. State statute, regulation, or local ordinance backs them. Violation of the instructions can result in issuance of a traffic citation to the violator.
  2. Obey the law indicated

STOP SIGN • white on red

  1. Make a complete stop before entering intersection or at stop line. Stop in back of crosswalk. Look both right and left for traffic and
  2. Yield right-of-way.

 YIELD SIGN • red and white

  1. Slow down as required when approaching this sign.
  2. Look both left and right, and yield to traffic and pedestrians.
  3. Stop required when necessary to avoid pedestrian or traffic on protected street.

DO NOT ENTER SIGN • red and white

  1. Do not proceed beyond this sign which faces traffic entering a

roadway or ramp in the wrong direction.

  1. A white on red WRONG WAY sign may be placed further down the prohibited direction.

WARNING SIGN • black on yellow

  1. Warning signs alert drivers to actual or potential dangerous conditions ahead.
  2. Extra caution should be observed at all warning signs.
  3. Most warning signs imply a driver should decrease the speed of the vehicle.
  4. Read and adjust your driving to the situation.

GUIDE SIGN • white on green

  1. Destination, route guidance, and place names are provided to you on guide signs.
  2. Pay special attention to mileage information.


  1. Work in the road and temporary conditions requiring special alertness are indicated by these signs.
  2. Adjust your speed and prepare for special conditions.

SCHOOL SIGN • black on yellow

  1. Five-sided signs warn of school areas and school crosswalks requiring reduced speed.
  2. Prepare to stop for pedestrians.

SERVICE SIGN • white on blue

  1. Services for your convenience such as Gas, Phone, Food, Lodging, Rest Areas, Campgrounds and Litter Barrels may be marked with white on blue signs.

Signs within work areas

Barricades, vertical panels, cones, tubes, and drums are the most commonly used devices to alert drivers of unusual or potentially dangerous conditions in highway and street work areas. They are used to guide drivers safely through the work zone. At night they are often equipped with flashing or steady burn lights.

Large flashing or sequencing arrow panels may be used in work zones both day and night to guide drivers into certain traffic lanes, and to inform them that part of the road or street ahead of them is closed.

Flagpersons are often provided in highway and street work zones to stop, slow, or guide traffic safely through the area. Flagpersons generally wear orange vests, shirts or jackets, and use red flags or stop/slow paddles to direct traffic through work zones.