Won’t a ‘Stop Sign’ slow traffic on our street?
Stop signs installed in the wrong places for the wrong purposes usually create more problems than they solve. One common misuse of stop signs is to arbitrarily interrupt traffic by causing it to stop with the idea that traffic speeds will be slowed down. Studies made in many parts of the country show that there is a high incidence of intentional violations where stop signs are installed as “speed breakers”. These studies showed that speed was reduced in the vicinity of the stop sign, but speeds were actually higher between intersections than they would have been if these signs hadn’t been installed. At the right place and under the right conditions, a stop sign tells drivers and pedestrians who has the right of way. Nationally recognized standards have been established to determine when stop signs should be used. These standards, or ‘warrants’ take into consideration traffic speed, volume, sight distance and the frequency of traffic “gaps” which will allow safe vehicle entry or pedestrian crossing. Most drivers are reasonable and prudent, but when confronted with unreasonable restrictions, they frequently violate them and develop a general contempt for all traffic controls