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Regulations and Legislation on Reflective Signs

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Reflective Traffic, Street and Parking Signs

Sign & Reflective Sheeting 101:

RA Type I Engineer Grade Prismatic – EGP Reflective:
– Material reflects at night when light hits it
– Signs will not rust
– 5-7 year life
– For non critical signs

HIA Type III High Intensity Prismatic – HIP Reflective:
– Material reflects at night when light hits it
– Ten times more reflective than Type I
– Signs will not rust
– 10 year average life
– Meets most State and Federal D.O.T. specifications

DG Type XI Diamond Grade Prismatic – DG Reflective:
– Material highly reflects at night when light hits it
– Ten times more reflective than Type I
– Signs will not rust
– 10+ year average life depending on color
– Meets most State and Federal D.O.T. specifications

New Required Reflectivity Levels:
– For parking signs – Use engineer grade reflective film
– For any traffic or street name signs – Use high intensity prismatic or diamond grade reflective film

Effective Now:
Your traffic devices must conform to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). If public travels on private property that you own or manage
(Includes shopping centers, offices and apartment complexes) Personal Injury or loss of life in an area where traffic signs fail to comply with new Federal standards, will result in exposure to tort liability. Visit www.minimumreflectivity.org for more information regarding minimum reflectivity bylaws.

New MUTCD Requirements For Street Signs:
– Minimum reflectivity of High Intensity
– Combination of upper & lower case letters
– Font Style must be “Clearview”
– Non-Regulation Sign

Other MUTCD Street Sign Recommendations:
Roads with Speed Limit of 40 mph or less
– 6″ initial letter height
Roads with Speed Limit of 25 mph or less
– 4″ initial letter height
Roads with Speed Limit of 40 mph of greater
– 8″ initial letter height for post mounted signs
– 12″ letter height for overhead street name signs

Key Reasons For New Retroreflectivity Requirements:
– Signs more visible to nighttime drivers
– More than 50% of fatal traffic accidents occur at night
– Signs more visible to older drivers
– 65 year old drivers require 4 times the amount of light to see a sign at night as a 25 year old driver
– Signs more visible in inclement weather

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