Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | September 22, 2010

New Jersey Signs – part 2

Mark and I talk a lot about the signs in New Jersey. Sometimes they don’t exist. Other times they’re placed in such a way that they are not useful. Case in point.

What sign do you see?

You drive up toward the light and you see a sign showing the turn lanes.

There's another!

As you get very close to the turn, you see a CROSSWALK sign. Yes, hidden behind the turn lane sign. Because, you know, this is a major school crossing area and they just took the crossing guard away because of funding issues. Yes, there’s a light there, but the sign is HIDDEN.

But wait! There's more!

Only AFTER you see the school crossing sign, do you then see a sign saying you can’t turn right from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Of course by now, you’re about to turn right, if you haven’t already. So you’re allowed to turn right on red, but not during school hours, yes?

Can you or can't you turn right?

This sign is across the street from the signs you just saw (you can see it in the background of the first picture). If you were driving toward the previous signs, this would be next to the traffic signal you use.  The sign says “No turn on red. Fire signal.” Does that mean you don’t turn red at all, because of the fire signal? Or you don’t turn on red when the fire is signaling (in which case – how would you know?). Or only if the fire signal (whatever that is) isn’t going and it isn’t during 8-4? Or no turning at all, unless the person behind you is honking?

The street you’re driving on now is Clifton. But past this intersection, it’s Sycamore. Same town. Same street. Driving one direction, you’ll see a sign at the traffic signal that says Sycamore. No arrow pointing which direction Sycamore is. And they just put in a new traffic signal (not yet operating), so you have two poles there, and the sign is smaller than the old one. And partly covered by the old pole.


Just across the intersection – same street – you see the Clifton sign. No arrow.


So if you get lost driving in New Jersey, you’ll know why.

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