Police in England clarified that a highway sign featuring symbols that appeared on the hit Netflix series only indicated a detour.
LONDON – A highway road sign in England that bears symbols similar to those seen in the hit Netflix series “Squid Game” has nothing to do with the show, police reassure motorists.
Along the M4 highway near Slough, about 25 miles west of London, signs indicated a “diversion” (or detour in American English), not the game’s entry into the dystopian South Korean survival drama, Thames Valley Police. door said on twitter this week.
— TVP Road Policing (@tvprp) 11 October 2021
in “Squid Game”, a nine-part series that quickly became number 1 show on netflix Since it was released last month, contestants compete to the death for cash prizes. “There’s a very good chance this will be our biggest show ever,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO.
The sign had the outlines of a triangle, a square and a circle, as well as an arrow indicating the next exit. According to A guide to traffic signs From the UK Department of Transport, the figures are used, individually, to indicate an emergency detour.
It was unclear how drivers would understand that a combination of symbols, without words, indicated a detour.
A spokesman for Slow Borough Council said the council had no responsibility for the signing, which was put up by Highways England, the agency that oversees the major roads.
“As much as Slow loves to be on the forefront of new trends, we can promise there’s no squid game in our town,” spokeswoman Kate Pratt said.
Neither Highways England nor Thames Valley Police immediately responded to requests for comment.
Road signs in Britain have long confused motorists. In 1965, a new system of signs that was more closely aligned with the rest of Europe was introduced to make it easier for drivers to follow directions. But drivers have complained that subsequent updates made some of the new road signs difficult to interpret.