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Children's Crossing Signs in the U.S.A.
Warning signs for pedestrian crossings rarely feature more than two people. The mom-dad-offspring sign is one of only a couple of such finds ever reported by a team member — we have another occurrence in Myanmar.
The U.S. are not alone in having difficulties with transparency; countries like Belize or Guatemala are also struggling. To my surprise countries in the East seem to understand transparency very well — f.e. Indonesia or the Philippines.
Firstly, what does it matter if the child about to disappear below your vehicle is slow, autistic, playing, or just a child?
Then, it is not immediately clear if the word at the top is an adjective or an order. Not knowing if they are dealing with a statement or an order retards people's reactions. Not good in traffic.
In my opinion the SLOW should be removed. The drawing of a child should suffice. Should the well-meaning neighborhood really demand a speed limit, then a separate sign might be planted. It is not a good idea to integrate both messages in one sign like it is done in Stroudsburg.
Secondly the transmission has become clouded by the superfluous advice to keep the kids alive.
Finally, the message is killed by the horrendous drawing. I, for my part, seeing such monstruosities, would have a hard time not helping them out of their misery by speeding up.
The reduction of people into small and ugly symbols surely doesn't do anything good for safety on the road. The case is further explained in Armenia and our Monsieur Jean has also a few words to say about the matter.
Learn everything about road signs in the U.S. at the site of R.C. Moeur: Manual of Traffic Signs.