Stop Sign - Meaning

All you need to know about the Stop sign: definition, what to do, shape, color, type of sign and more

Stop Sign
Type: regulatory sign
Color: red and white
Shape: octagonal (8-sided)
Location: intersections

What does a Stop sign mean?

A STOP sign is a red and white regulatory sign. It's the only road sign with an octagonal (8-sided) shape, which makes it easy to recognize it by both shape and color. STOP signs warn drivers that they must come to a complete stop and make sure the way is clear before proceeding. At an intersection controlled by a STOP sign, you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt at the stop line, if there is one, or before entering the crosswalk. If a stop line or crosswalk is not painted on the street, stop before entering the intersection. After stopping, make sure the intersection is safely clear of vehicles and pedestrians before proceeding.

What type of sign is a Stop sign?

A Stop sign is a regulatory sign. Regulatory signs control traffic, set limits and give commands.

What are the colors of a Stop sign?

Stop signs are red and white (red background and white letters).

What shape is a STOP sign?

A Stop sign is shaped like an octagon, with the word "STOP" written in white on a red background. Stop signs can be easily recognized by both their octagonal shape and red color. This helps keep drivers safe by getting their attention more easily so they can react more quickly. The unique 8-sided shape of the Stop sign makes it easy for motorists traveling in the opposite direction to recognize the sign from the back, which helps prevent confusion with other traffic signs.

Where are Stop signs posted?

Stop signs are posted at intersections that are not controlled by traffic lights.
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STOP Sign - What To Do

When you see a STOP sign at an intersection while driving, you must:

• come to a complete stop at the white limit line or before entering the crosswalk
• if a stop line or marked crosswalk is not painted on the street, stop before entering the intersection
• be sure the intersection is clear before proceeding
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