JAM: A Multilingual Electronic Traffic Sign
PROJECT GOAL: Our project intends to address the inequity non-English speakers face by displaying messages on electronic traffic signs in different languages to ensure all drivers are informed of emergency and road updates in our community.
Traffic signs in our community are currently displayed in English only creating an inequity for people that cannot read in English. Any non-English speaking individuals can benefit from this project because the signs will display the most common languages in our community such as Spanish and Russian, along with images for those that are illiterate. In our school district, there are over 65% of students that either do not speak or communicate well in English. In addition, about 18.7% of people in the US are Latinos, potentially making the amount of people on the road who can’t read in English, dangerously high. There are also 32 million adults in the US who just can’t read in general, our signs would also be able to display images to help them.