Why Stop Signs Should Not Be Red

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Have you ever seen a stop sign? Have you noticed the color of said stop sign? I have, and I don’t think that the color of the stop signs should be red. I believe that a brighter or more neon color should be used in replacement of the red color we are of which we are accustomed so that they signs can be seen well. Into the bargain, some people are colorblind and cannot see the red coloring. Without this ability, it would render them incapable of acknowledging the correct sign. Furthermore, the white lettering on the sign may not be visible against the possible glare of the sun. If they could not see the lettering, or even the shape of the sign, they could easily mistake the sign for another. So, though the red stop sign has been used for nearly 50 years, it may be posing a safety hazard and, frankly, is becoming out-of-date.

Stop signs should use a color that is brighter and/or more neon so they can be seen better. At night, the sign would reflect better off of the lights of oncoming cars or other light-emitting materials that occupy space. If the color was more neon, the color would draw your eyes to it, making you observant of the sign. This, however, could present a risk as you could become distracted by the sign. If distracted, you could lose control of your motor vehicle, possibly causing harm to others. In contrast, if more people are vigilant of the sign, you would see an increase of people correctly coming up to an intersection instead of them just blowing through claiming they, “Didn’t see the sign.” Not only, is the color one part of my argument, colorblind people are still facing issues.

Colorblind people may also wish to have the color of the stop sign changed because they may not be able to see the red color or the white lettering. Protanopes are a type of colorblind people who have troubles with the colors gray, green, yellow, and blue. Deutaneropes are a type of colorblind people who have trouble seeing a browner shade of gray, green,...
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