The Hayward Traffic Signs Cleverly Target Distracted Drivers and Pedestrians

By: Michael Hines - Feb 28, 2015
References: hayward-ca.gov & laughingsquid
It's almost hard to believe that these Hayward traffic signs are actually real. The city, located in California's Bay Area, has installed new traffic signs designed to creatively get the attention of both pedestrians and drivers. Cheeky traffic signs are nothing new, but normally they are put up by pranksters or are marketing stunts. However, the Hayward traffic signs are 100 percent government-ordered.

The messages on the signs were created not by a marketing agency but by the city's spokesperson, Frank Holland. The signs implore pedestrians to cross the street before checking Facebook and tell drivers that 35 MPH is in fact the speed limit and not a suggestion. While the signs may not reduce moving violations or accidents, they have helped the city go viral.