Drivers in New Port Richey are being told not to stop at a number of stop signs around town.
Newly-installed miniature signs are supposed to be for bikers and walkers only.
On Madison Street, the smaller stop signs are installed to warn those on the trail, stop and make sure it is clear to go.
They’re up on Massachusetts and Mariner Parkway.
People are having to get used to them.
Lou Bruno doesn’t think they were well thought out.
“Even though they’re smaller, they look too much like the real thing. And I’ve even noticed myself wanting to break over there. I know it’s for kids but maybe they can get the kid’s attention a little bit better with something else,” said Bruno.
The New Port Richey Police Department posted on its Facebook page about the need to make the area safer, saying the signs are shown to reduce pedestrian crashes and injuries. The post has more than 200 comments.
Many are like this: “I don’t think that people walking on the sidewalk actually adhere to those codes anyways, but I don’t think it really matters. I think it’s wasted money,” said Matthew Wagner.
Wagner believed the small stop signs would be a problem, but he hasn’t noticed any issues.
“When people pay attention to them, they’re worthwhile. But most people don’t even bother using crosswalks. So what’s the point?” asked John Cardin.