Intersections

Information related to intersections.

Q&A - Why Shouldn't I Coast Through Stop Signs?

What is the purpose of completely coming to a stop at a 3 or 4 way stop when there are no vehicles or pedestrians near the intersection? A rolling stop should be sufficient, as MOST drivers including professional drivers never completely stop. There are at least 3 good reasons for NOT coming to a complete stop. I cannot think of one good reason for coming to a COMPLETE stop.

Yielding on Left Turns

Left Turn CrashIt's always dangerous when you turn left in an intersection. You have to cross over opposing lanes of traffic which leaves you vulnerable in a crash. It also exposes you to drivers who would never think that they might have to yield and let you turn left.

Making a Left Turn at an Intersection

Left TurnThis column is dedicated to the middle aged male driver who turned left in the intersection and completed the turn half way into my lane as I approached him and half way into the lane that he was supposed to be using. Was he being inattentive, careless or did he not know any better?

CASE LAW - Schlappner v Serfas and Peknik

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case involves a collision that happened at an intersection where one street is controlled by traffic lights and the cross street by stop signs. Dr. Schlappner stopped at the stop sign, saw that the traffic lights were red and proceeded to cross the intersection. While he was crossing, the traffic signal turned green and a vehicle driven by Mrs.

CASE LAW - Najdychor v Swartz

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis decision of the B.C. Supreme Court examines the situation where two opposing vehicles approach an uncontrolled intersection. One is turning left (Swartz) and the other is proceeding straight through (Najdychor).

Railway Crossing Etiquette

Railroad Crossing Warning SignUsing proper caution at railway crossings is something that all drivers must remember, because the train will not stop for you. It is easy to forget if you use a crossing regularly but don’t often meet a train. The following information may help you avoid “running into” a train.

READING - Strategic Intersection Safety Program Guide

Safe Roads for a Safe Future logoHow does one plan a safety strategy for reducing collisions at an intersection? This guide from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration is aimed at assisting agencies in the development of an intersection safety program.

If You Can't See, You Can't Go!

Dangerous Intersection SignA reader writes to me describing an intersection where collisions occur regularly, some resulting in fatalities. He has observed that the opposing left turn lanes in one direction don't line up directly across from each other but are offset by a few feet.

Roundabouts and Traffic Circles

Traffic CircleI entered the roundabout and was continuing around when someone passed me on the left and shot across in front of me. I don’t know how I avoided a collision, but I did. Clearly his person did not know what they were doing and was driving as if they were on a regular street. Frightening!

Patrolling Intersections

IntersectionWe would like to know why intersections are not patrolled as often as highways. Looking at the propensity of drivers to run yellow and red lights, it appears to us that intersections pose a much greater and possibly deadlier risk than speeding on a straight stretch of highway. This reader is certainly correct on one point, intersections are one of the deadliest places on B.C. highways.

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