love to drive! Americans relish the freedom of
climbing in a vehicle and hitting the road. And as we
drive, we rely on a complex series of visual cues to
help us make the journey safely. The signs, signals,
and pavement markings that guide us are called traffic
control devices. These devices are the language that
communicates to drivers along the Nation's roadways.
They tell us to slow down for the sharp curve on a
two-lane rural byway. They make it possible for us to
drive 100 km/h (65 mi/h) on the highway separated from
other lanes of traffic by only a narrow yellow line.
They tell us when and where to stop, and where we
should think twice before we park. And they
communicate with us in Mobile and Minneapolis, New
Orleans and New York, in Seattle and Savannah.
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or
MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers
nationwide to install and maintain traffic control
devices on all streets and highways. The MUTCD is
published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
under 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655,
MUTCD audience includes the insurance industry, law
enforcement agencies, academic institutions, private
industry, and construction and engineering concerns.
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