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School Safety Signs and Their Meanings

What commonly used school safety signs mean and what motorists should do.

We’re all familiar with signs, wherever we go.  We follow signs for directions, for information, and many times for safety reasons.  Paying attention to signs is imperative to avoid collisions and/or injury.  Schools have their own set of signs for motorists to obey.  Those signs and their meanings are particularly important to follow, to ensure the safety of motorists, school children, and school traffic.  Motorists are therefore advised to refrain from speeding, following the set speed limit while in a school zone.

PEDESTRIAN CROSSING or PED XING

This rectangular sign is either labeled “Ped Xing” or labeled “Pedestrian Crossing” and features a person walking.  It is considered a regulatory sign, indicating that pedestrians have the right-of-way.  Motorists are required to stop, to allow pedestrians to cross a street.

PEDESTRIAN CROSSING SYMBOL

This diamond-shaped sign features a person walking on a crosswalk.  It is considered a warning sign, indicating that pedestrians have the right-of-way to cross the street.  Motorists must watch for pedestrians and are required to stop, to allow them to cross.

PEDESTRIAN or PED

This diamond-shaped sign is labeled “PED” or features a person walking.  It is considered a warning sign, indicating that motorists must watch for pedestrians on or along the street.

 

LEFT POINTING ARROW

This rectangular, shorter dimensional horizontal sign features an arrow pointing left.  It is considered a guide sign for motorists to drive to the location indicated when dropping off or picking up children.

SCHOOL CROSSING

This pentagonal sign features an adult and child walking, or an adult and child walking on a crosswalk.  It is considered a school advance warning sign, and a pedestrian crossing where school children cross a street on their way to school.  Other signs with the same meaning are labeled “Slow Pedestrian Crossing” and “Slow Down Pedestrians,” and are rectangular in shape.  Motorists are required to stop, to allow children to cross.

BIKE XING

This rectangular sign is either labeled “Bike Xing” or features a bicycle graphic.  It is considered a regulatory sign, indicating a point at which a bicycle throughway crosses a major street.  Motorists must watch out for bicyclists, and are required to stop, to allow them to cross the major street.

CAUTION CHILDREN AT PLAY

This diamond-shaped sign is labeled “Caution Children At Play”.  It is considered a warning sign for motorists to watch out for children outside or around a school.

SCHOOL

This rectangular, shorter dimensional horizontal sign is labeled “School”.  It is considered a guide sign in advance for motorists to be aware of an approaching school.

WATCH CHILDREN

This diamond sign is labeled “Watch Children”.  It is considered a warning sign for motorists to watch out for children who may be in or around the street.

WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS

This diamond-shaped sign is labeled “Watch For Pedestrians”.  It is considered a warning sign for motorists to watch out for pedestrians who may be in or around the street.

SCHOOL BUS STOP AHEAD

This diamond-shaped sign is labeled “School Bus Stop Ahead”.  It is considered a warning sign for motorists to watch out for slow or stopped traffic ahead due to a school bus, as well as children who may be in or around the street while approaching or leaving a bus.

SCHOOL ZONE or SCHOOL ZONE WITH POSTED SPEED LIMIT

This rectangular sign is labeled “School Zone” or is labeled “School Zone” and includes a posted speed limit, and may even have lights that flash either 7 days a week, in intervals, or during the hours that school is in session.  It is considered a regulatory sign, indicating that the current speed limit must be maintained or adjusted to the posted school zone speed limit during the hours that school is in session, or unless otherwise stated.  Motorists must adhere to the directives in order to avoid incurring a fine.

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Comments (2)

Well written. It would have been a stronger and more informative article if you had added pictures of each of the signs.

Thanks! I agree...but the last time I tried adding pictures, the site wouldn't let me, so I've never tried adding any more since then! This site doesn't like to play nice :-(

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