Q&A - Do I Have to Stop Twice?

Q&A ImageI was stopped for several seconds behind one car at a stop sign. Does my stop count as a stop at the sign?

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Answer

No, having to wait for the first vehicle generally doesn't count for your stop. You may be able to make a case for it if the first vehicle stops too far into the intersection and you find yourself stopped properly at the stop line or crosswalk edge though.

Stopping at intersections

186  Except when a peace officer directs otherwise, if there is a stop sign at an intersection, a driver of a vehicle must stop

(a) at the marked stop line, if any,

(b) before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or

(c) when there is neither a marked crosswalk nor a stop line, before entering the intersection, at the point nearest the intersecting highway from which the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting highway.

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