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April 23, 2004 12:01 AM

Broken: Green stop sign

Heather Johnson writes:

This is a stop sign at an apartment complex in Irving, Texas. It is a green stop sign. Do I go or stop? Why would anyone make a GREEN stop sign? This is so dangerous.
[Note: the sign is also physically broken in half through the middle. this is not a composite graphic.]


I remember in drivers ed the instructor saying that (in the US) the only road sign in the shape of an octagon is a stop sign. "So even if you encounter a green sign with the letter G-O on it, if it is an octagon, you need to stop".

Nonetheless, I'm guessing this particular sign is this color to fit in with some color scheme which doesn't make it any less moronic.

Posted by: Derek at April 23, 2004 09:10 AM

Actually, people's eyes work so that green is the most noticable color. Not a green like this, more of a lime green, but many signs, fire trucks, etc. that used to be red are now being made green so people see them easier. Of course, we could have been warned this was going to happen.

Posted by: never mind that at April 25, 2004 09:42 AM

I could be wrong about this, but I always assumed that when stop signs in apartment complexes, shopping center parking lots, etc., weren't to standard street sign design, that had something to do with either a) the law (it isn't an actual road and the people putting up the sign don't have the authority to put up an official sign) or b) money (the owners of the parking lot didn't feel like buying an official sign from the sign warehouse). Or some combination of a) and b), with a dash of c) color scheme, as suggested by Derek, above.

Anyone else? Someone with knowledge of the applicable laws, perhaps?

(In full agreement w/ Heather that no matter what, green =/= stop; *sheesh!*)

Posted by: Chris at April 26, 2004 05:27 PM

You used photoshop or something to do this. its yet another fake.

Posted by: me at May 10, 2004 08:41 PM

I've seen signs like this in Waco, TX too, so I know it's not a fake. I think these are just made by people to encourage people to stop. So, perhaps it's not a against the law to run them?

Posted by: Beer at May 28, 2004 02:48 AM

It makes me want to put red "GO" signs on interstate highways.

Posted by: Anon Ymous at June 14, 2004 06:58 AM

I see these sometimes in apartment complex parking lots or shopping malls. The great thing about these is that, since they're private property, they don't have to abide by signage laws. Also, you can't be pulled over for running a stop sign on private property or violating the speed limit in a shopping mall lot!

Posted by: Bill at August 11, 2004 04:27 AM

I'm fairly certain the sign can't be red because it's not an "official" state/county-issued stop sign, as silly as that regulation is. Might have something to do with what the local constabulary are required to enforce.

Of course, just because police don't enforce them doesn't mean that they're great to ignore. Other folks who obey the signage and should have the right of way will be heading through without expecting others to run it, oddly-colore or not, so the drivers ed instructor has a good point on this.

Or as a driving teacher of mine used to say, sure, you'll be right -- dead right.

Posted by: yada at September 1, 2004 03:23 AM

A local trailer court did the exact same thing, to match the street signs. Best part is, they are frequently stolen. Imagine the call to the police:

Trailer court: "I wish to report a stolen stop sign, it's about 16 inches wide and green in color"

Police: "Please read me the label on the bottle you are drinking from, sir."

Posted by: Please stop me at October 5, 2004 06:14 PM

You'll see these signs on privately-owned property. There's a silly law that says only the government can erect red ones. (This law is broken.)

Posted by: PlantPerson at November 10, 2004 08:07 PM

There is no law that prohibits using a standard stop sign, or any other standard traffic control device, on private property. Those who use nonstandard traffic signs, or standard signs in nonstandard ways, are simply ignorant.

Posted by: Michael at January 10, 2005 05:57 PM

Aren't red and green the two colours that colour-blind people get mixed up? My bet is the sign painter was colour blind.

Posted by: Sandy at February 1, 2005 01:35 PM

I've seen a lot of "official" neon gree stop signs in Colorado. Personally, I recognize them easier and they catch my eye quicker than the standard signs do. They reflect light easier and are easier to spot.

Posted by: Rob at February 28, 2005 12:11 AM

In Hawaii, where I live, it is illegal to have a red stop sign on private property. Chances are that this sign is just following a similar, if silly law.

Posted by: JDR at June 12, 2005 04:17 AM

... wow. i always thought the whole "waiting for the stop sign to turn green" pothead joke was a joke...

Posted by: BBY at June 15, 2005 11:15 PM

maybe its for stop and go drivers

Posted by: NoaWhan at August 2, 2005 11:39 PM

I live in Irving. The sign is real, it is green and it is a crapy apartment complex sign, in a simi-crapy apartment complex.

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