Thursday, December 18, 2008

John Staddon on Traffic Signs

My good friend, and Libertarian fellow traveller, John Staddon gives the straight dope on traffic signs in the U.S.

For the rest of the story, including a link to J-Stad's Atlantic Monthly article, "Distracting Ms. Daisy, check this out.

(Lagniappe: J-Stad on smoking....)


Dirty Davey said...

One good but less-than-obvious reason for some four-way stops: if a driver stopped on the smaller road has only limited visibility onto the larger cross-street, then it may not be possible to proceed safely if the traffic on that larger street is not also stopping.

Anonymous said...

I think 4-way stop signs are still better than red-lights. At least they encourage cooperation among the various drivers at the intersection.

Tom said...

Dirty Davey gave a reason for refiguring the intersection into a round-about. Signs are put in as an afterthought or to avoid the expense of doing it right.

I see one justification for a 4-way stop: as a temporary measure to safely break up habits of regular drivers. Further changes would be pending.