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What are the regulatory signs?

Regulatory signs provide information about the road rules and traffic laws.

It is important to know that you must follow the rules that are displayed by the regulatory signs because they are presenting you the traffic laws.

Below is a quick list of the common regulatory signs with different shapes, colors, and symbols:
- Square with black lettering on a white background such as speed limit signs.
- Octagon, triangle, square with white lettering on a red background such as STOP, YIELD, DO NOT ENTER or WRONG WAY sign.
- Square with black and red symbols such as no U-Turn arrow sign.

Below are some of the most common regulatory signs and their meanings:

Stop Sign

Stop Sign
You must come to a complete stop at the limit line, crosswalk, or before the intersection.

Yield Sign

Yield Sign
You must slow and stop if necessary, and give the right of way to the vehicles in the cross traffic path; proceed only when it is safe.

do not enter sign

Do Not Enter Sign
Do not drive toward or past this sign because you will be driving the wrong way into oncoming traffic.

wrong way sign

Wrong Way Sign
Usually appears with the Do Not Enter sign; when you see this sign, you are driving the wrong way on the road; pull over and stop until it is safe to turn around; road reflectors will shine red at night if you are traveling the wrong way

speed limit sign

Speed Limit Sign
Tells you the maximum speed allowed by law on the highways or roadway that you are driving on

keep right signs

Keep Right Signs
Indicate that the vehicles must keep to right side to avoid a divider or an obstacle.

keep left signs

Keep Left Signs
Indicate that the vehicles must keep to left side to avoid a divider or an obstacle.

one way signs

One-Way Signs
Marks a one-way street; arrow points in the direction that the traffic flows.

Parking Signs state who is allowed to park in the area and when, and may specify where parking is never permitted. These signs may specifically advise where:

  • You are permitted or not permitted to park.
  • You are not permitted to park except on certain days or holidays.
  • You are not permitted to park between certain hours.
  • You are only permitted for a certain duration.
  • You are only permitted if you have impaired mobility and have a valid Disabled Person (DP) Parking Placard or DP License Plates.
  • You are only permitted to park if you are a USPS driver that is delivering mail.
  • You are only permitted to park if you are making a delivery.

Below are a few examples of parking signs:
no parking signs

No Turn Signs
Tells you not to turn to the direction of the arrow or not to make a u-turn.

Below shows the No Turn Signs:
no turn signs