Won’t a ‘CHILDREN AT PLAY’ sign help protect our children?
At first consideration, it might seem that this sign would provide protection for youngsters playing in the neighborhood. It doesn’t. Studies made in cities where such signs were widely posted in residential areas show no evidence of having reduced pedestrian crashes, vehicle speed or legal liability. In fact, many types of signs which were installed to warn of normal conditions in residential areas failed to achieve the desired safety benefits. Further, if signs encourage parents with children to believe they have an added degree of protection, which the signs do not and cannot provide, a great disservice results. Obviously, children should not be encouraged to play in the roadway. The ‘CHILDREN AT PLAY’ sign is a direct and open suggestion that it is acceptable to do so. Federal standards discourage the use of ‘CHILDREN AT PLAY’ signs. Specific warnings for schools, playgrounds, parks and other recreational facilities are available for use where clearly justified.