A broken English sign is popping up in Alberta’s major cities.
And there are a few things to keep in mind.
The signs, which are meant to warn drivers of a broken highway, are a “significant risk” to drivers in Alberta, the Alberta Department of Transportation said in a release Wednesday.
“We’ve got a major problem here.
It’s a significant risk,” said Kristy Covington, the transportation department’s director of road operations.
“It’s not something you can put on a sign and drive around without thinking about.
The signs are in areas where there are major accidents, and they’re causing crashes.
They’re putting lives at risk.”
Covington said the signs have been spotted in places where traffic accidents have occurred, such as the city of Calgary, and that they have led to a spike in crashes.
“If you’ve got the sign up there, if you’ve just got a broken sign on a road and a crash occurs, the driver’s reaction will be to try and figure out what the sign means and then make a U-turn,” Covingston said.
The Alberta Department is calling on the public to be aware of the signs.
The department said it has already sent out about 50 letters to drivers warning them about the signs and asking them to take steps to avoid them.
“This is a very dangerous thing to do, and we want to make sure that we’re not letting people’s lives get lost in that situation,” Citing safety concerns, the department said the signage should be removed as soon as possible.