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Do not enter sign: what does it mean?

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The do not enter sign is a regulatory sign.

Drivers encountering a do not enter sign must not enter the road, off-ramp, exit ramp, or crossover where the sign is posted. Do not enter signs usually indicate opposing traffic, meaning that the traffic will be coming towards the driver. Drivers must not enter the designated lane of traffic as there is a serious risk of collision.

Shape: square-shaped
Square with a red circle containing a white horizontal line inside
Location: roadway openings and exit ramps
Do not enter signs are usually posted at roadway openings, one-way roads, exit ramps and crossovers on divided roadways to prevent people from accidentally entering an opposing lane of traffic.
Color: red and white
Real-life examples

Do not enter signs in the wild

Things To Remember

  • "Do Not Enter” means you must not proceed in the direction of the sign.
  • These signs are meant to prevent head-on collisions as they usually indicate opposing traffic that will be coming toward you.
  • You will often find the do not enter sign in combination with the wrong way sign to alert you that you are headed in the wrong direction.

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