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Written by SOT.COM.AL 5 Tetor 2022
The STOP sign is considered the most important road sign as it plays a crucial role in preventing road accidents. The STOP sign is owed to Harry Jackson of Detroit, USA, who in 1915 served as a traffic warden on a very busy city street.
Infuriated by the almost non-existent visibility at intersections and the numerous accidents, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He took a rectangular piece of plywood, cut the corners into a distinct shape, and after writing STOP in the center of it, placed it on the road.
Delighted, Harry Jackson soon discovered that the sign had done its best to reduce accidents. A year later, STOP signs were also adopted by Michigan, while over the years they began to "sprout" on many roads around the world, attracting the attention of drivers.
Why are there eight corners?
Today, in the vast majority of countries in the world, the octagonal shape is established because they must be different from all other road signs, attracting the eyes of drivers. At the same time, its shape helps make the sign recognizable not only from drivers who are forced to stop, but also from other drivers coming from opposite directions.
The first sign debuted in Detroit in 1915, but it looked nothing like the ones we see today. In 1923, people working for Mississippi's highway department suggested a new sign. The logic was simple: The more corners there were signs, the more dangerous the next part of the road will be.