Stop Signs

Stop LineOne wouldn't think that stopping at a stop sign would be such a problem for drivers. It seems relatively simple, come to a complete stop, look both ways and then go if it is safe to do so. Most drivers seem to understand this but have difficulty with where to stop.

The simplest case is one where there is nothing at the intersection other than the stop sign. Here one must stop before entering the intersection itself and in a position nearest to the crossroad where a driver has a clear view of traffic approaching on that crossroad.

Where there is a marked crosswalk along with the stop sign a driver must stop before entering the crosswalk. Doing so will protect against a collision if the driver has failed to notice any pedestrians present.

The stop sign with a marked stop line seems to be the most difficult. Stop lines never seem to be placed at a point where the driver has a good view to the left and right if they stop as required. Consequently, stop lines are often ignored completely. The proper thing to do here is to stop at the line, move ahead to a point where you can see properly, stop again and then proceed after looking both ways to insure it is safe to do so.

Keeping in mind that more than half of all collisions in British Columbia happen at intersections, following proper stop sign etiquette places you in control in a high hazard area.



White line

I think people don't think about why that white stopping line is so far back. One of the main reasons is because that line lines up with where pedestrians walk, so if drivers stop behind the line and pedestrians are about to cross, the pedestrians don't get cut off. Drivers should be stopping behind the line and looking for pedestrians/cyclists before moving forward to a point that they can see properly in both directions. People cut corners sometimes as well, so drivers who stop fully behind the white line first won't be at risk of making contact with other vehicles cutting the corner on a left turn. 

Come to a full stop and then going....

I seen an accident the other day.

What happens in a situation when the driver stops completely at a one way stop sign. Looking both ways and then begins to inch up slowly to make a left handed turn. The driver obviously proceeds because he/she feels it is safe to do so.

Going back to the scenario. "Out of the blue" a speeding sports car comes from the left and then clips the other car as the driver of the other car is inching up. The other car is also too close to the right. 

Would both drivers be at fault or just the driver who made a full stop and then proceeded. 

Well I have no idea about

Well I have no idea about fault but it depends on what kind of intersection, but if one car has a stop sign and one doesn't, then it's up to the one with the stop sign to NOT proceed until it is safe; that is the whole idea behind stop signs is it not? if a sports car comes flying down the road then it is the job of the car at the stop sign to notice this happening. Sports cars come flying down the road all the time, that is what sports cars do. However, if the sports car is speeding WAY over the limit then I have read about cases where they will also be assigned a certain amount of fault or as a contributing factor to the crash, so they may share the fault. But I think that the car with the stop sign would generally be at fault. If the driver does not have good visilbity then he should do something about that , by inching forward an appropriate amount, instead of making a decision with poor visibility and then having to suffer the consequences. 

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