It is difficult to follow the rules of the road when those rules are not clearly laid out. Just as teachers post large, colorful signs in their classroom to remind students of expectations, so do large, colorful traffic signs serve to remind drivers of what the law expects of them. So many New Yorkers receive repeat traffic tickets simply because inadequate signage contributes to speeding and other violations.
When drivers know what is expected of them, they tend to follow the law most of the time. New York City has recently embraced this idea and has adjusted its signage accordingly. City officials realized that if signs do not clearly illuminate what is expected of drivers, they cannot very well be expected to abide by road regulation oddities.
The next time you travel to NYC, notice that signs related to parking restrictions, speed and other traffic-ticket worthy issues are more clearly phrased and more visually accessible than those that came before them. More than 6,000 signs will be replaced in Midtown alone by the summertime.
One New York Councilman noted recently that the old signs were "making drivers crazy. People actually think that the city is deliberately trying to confuse them in order to give them more tickets, and that perception alone is a problem."
As a result of that perception issue, the new signs are bolder, with fewer words and more visually catching colors. It is possible that inadequate signage in any given place could help you defeat a baseless ticket. But when you're in NYC, you can now help to avoid traffic tickets just by reading the signs.
Source: The Epoch Times, "New Parking Signs Will Make NYC Drivers Less 'Crazy,'" Zachary Stieber, Jan. 7, 2013