On Traffic Signs… and Rules

Traffic signs – probably the most abundant kind of ‘signs’ on earth. You can find them anywhere you go. I mean, where can you find billboards? – Only on crowded places like EDSA and other highways. Some signs only exist on specific places like restaurants, resorts, gyms, stores etc. But traffic signs exist everywhere. From the widest road to the narrowest alley.

WHAT ARE TRAFFIC SIGNS FOR?

The benefit of having these signs around is fairly above than it’s negative effects. They are merely the ultimate guides for drivers and pedestrians on their everyday journey on the streets. So to say, it is very important to understand what each sign means for they are the first ones who prevent us from using our ‘Safety – First Aid’ kits. They save lives. We can as well save some hundreds actually. Why? – because traffic enforcers won’t have a reason to collect from us. 🙂

If there are the signs, then there must be rules as well. And in general, as long as there are rules, there will be violators of course.

TRAFFIC RULES

It’s a human nature that we always tend to oppose on a thing before we get convinced. I have no basis for this principle – just my observations. And because I am aware of this principle, I always keep in mind that rules are there for a purpose and keeps me disciplined. They are part of our lives and I must live with it.

While I know that I must live with these rules, there are still so many traffic rules that I don’t understand. Sometimes I just can’t resist from believing that they only exist for us to violate. They are those rules that even if you follow or not, impacts are the same.

I must site an example here. If you frequently go along Ayala Avenue in Makati, you may notice that they have unloading points separate from loading points.  I haven’t been to so many busy places so I don’t know if this also exist somewhere else.

To illustrate, they have three stop points – 
[LOADING] – [UNLOADING] – [LOADING]
.

If I am a bus driver, I will defenitely stop to 2 loading points to pick up passengers and there’s only 0.01% that I will not stop on that unloading point. Let’s say, for every 100 buses, only one will not unload. *Probability, anyone?* I also noticed that buses always take at least 5 mins waiting for passengers and less than a minute unloading them. So, may I suggest having two unloading points instead?

The worst effect for passengers by the way, is that they will always have to walk one block. So, maybe the real purpose of this is that people will always use the underpass and see the advertisements along. 🙂

WHAT ABOUT DEFECTIVE SIGNS?

As I say they are everywhere to guide us, I don’t mean they all work as perfectly as they should. (Especially those that require supply of electricity like traffic lights (more popularly known as “Stop Lights”) and, , , what else?) I can still see some traffic lights out there that always have their red lights on or the yellow lights blinking. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that the green light is broken. When traffic lights don’t work well, they just keep the lights on red or yellow to caution vehicles. If they keep it in green, then you better have rescue teams and ambulance right away.

But do you know that even simple signs (sign boards) can be defective? Probably yes. But would you know the defect on this NO PEDESTRIAN CROSSING sign?

No Pedestrian Crossing 
This sign is not updating. It always says ‘NO’ even there are pedestrians passing by.

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