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Politeness is neither the issue nor the purpose for the sign. "The purpose is to ALLOW people to legally and safely do what is best for them and the environment in a common type of intersection," he argues, pointing out that studies regarding so-called traffic calming tactics—placing more stop signs than needed to slow traffic or reduce traffic on side streets—only results in higher speeds between those stop signs.
Lauder says that aside from the need to educate the public, the new signs would only cost about $200, or the same as new stop signs.
"Since I have a day job, I am hoping that others will take this up," says Lauder, appealing to planners, traffic engineers, transportation experts, and public officials to adopt a solution.
It could add up to a lot of fuel (and time) saved, nationwide.
What do you think? Could Americans learn to follow a new sign relatively quickly? Would more traffic lights solve the situation? Or should we focus efforts toward building more roundabouts?