The more I study this more confused I am:https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=43.69061,-79.368426&spn=0.003406,0.006968&t=m&z=18&layer=c&cbll=43.69053,-79.368491&panoid=ghctWp2QO9-Em34zlGiYtw&cbp=12,27.08,,0,0.42
Here is an example of contradictory signage that WILL eventually kill or seriously injure someone.
It consists of what appears to be a roundabout, but with All Way STOP signs. Worse the roundabout signs are European design and may not be not valid in Canada. Here are my possible interpretations:-
Actual Roundabout (assuming blue signs valid):
If its a roundabout then the requirement is not to stop but to yield to traffic on the junction and thus following traffic is not expecting you to stop if the junction is clear. Any other interpretation here by other road users will result in conflict and possible incident.
Thus the STOP signs are in conflict and should be ignored to prevent rear end shunts from following traffic.
Traffic Circle (assuming blue signs valid):
If it is a traffic circle controlled by STOP signs then, you must yield the right-of-way to the first vehicle to come to a complete stop. If two vehicles stop at the same time, you must yield to the vehicles on your right. Further traffic must obey the direction of circulation.
Here any user not assuming this exact interpretation will be in conflict and an incident can result.
Thus perhaps the blue signs should be replaced with the correct Yellow roundabout signs.
Four Way STOP (assuming blue signs invalid):
Because the roundabout signs shown are European design and not part of US/CA signage. The junction can be treated as a four-way stop and the direction of travel around the junction is optional.
I think we can see where this one goes and the potential for a head on crash. Further on approaching this junction behind other motorists I see for every two drivers turning left by going all the way round to the right I see one turning left by going directly to the left against the arrows.
Thus perhaps the blue signs and the island should be removed.
Finally there is a huge factor of obstruction by plant growth and direction of observation to contend with here. Often the STOP sign shown is overgrown and only partly visible and also the roundabout itself is overgrown later in the season. The STOP sign is also set back from the kerb edge. Thus an approaching driver only seeing the roundabout from a distance and treating it thus will have his main focus on the right to watch for other road users entering the junction. He will not be alerted by the obscured stop sign even if he were looking and would not see other vehicles on the junction opposite, and would proceed through yielding as required.
He would not be expecting other users who have different interpretations from stopping and resulting in:
* a tail shunt if he was following another vehicle
* a side impact if the other vehicle was to the left or right and reached the junction first, stopped and moved off following the arrows.
* a head on crash if the other vehicle went against the arrows.
Overall Something has to change here, but in the meantime it is a legal free for all and if stopped by a LEO for not abiding by the officers interpretation I am thinking a long conversation ending in court would result and perhaps that is how this will be resolved.