Stopping

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Shadow the Brake, They Might Not Stop

stop signOne evening while patrolling in an unmarked police car I approached a cross street that was controlled by stop signs. I could see a car approaching from my right going fast enough that I was concerned that the driver did not intend to stop. I shadowed my brake pedal and when the other vehicle was at a 45 degree angle making a right turn I stomped and stopped. So did he. We sat and looked at each other for a moment and when it was clear that he wasn’t going to go, I waved him forward.

Where to Stop for a Stop Sign

Stop SignWould you believe me if I told you that the positioning of a stop sign at an intersection has nothing to do with where you must stop? Yes, the sign tells you that you must stop, but the markings on the roadway, or lack of them, tell you where the stop has to take place. There are four possibilities for a driver to consider.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 643WNH

Bad DriverThis overtaking driver fails to signal his intention, passes on the right travelling off of the roadway and then fails to stop for the stop sign. He's being selfish by refusing to wait his turn and complicating the traffic flow at the intersection for other drivers. I'm tempted to make my left turn from a position nearer to the right edge of the lane when I see this coming in my rear view mirror, but this is not correct. One must position their vehicle near the center line in preparation for a left turn.

Q&A - 4 Way Stop & a Yield

Q&A ImageI drove to a 4 way stop intersection that had only single lanes in all four directions BUT also had a yield sign on my right hand. I stopped and then proceeded to turn right. My passenger said I had no need to come to a full stop and could proceed to turn right so long as I yielded to oncoming traffic or traffic from the left.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 224MLD

Here's something that you see fairly frequently at stop signs. The front driver stops correctly at the marked stop line and proceeds when safe. The second driver simply follows along without making a second stop in the proper position.

BC Bad Driver of the Week: 580MPP

I suspect this driver changed their mind about which way to go after setting up for a left turn just a bit too far into cross traffic. You can see one vehicle turn right from behind him as we approach and a second vehicle prepare to do so. After passing we see this driver turn right instead. Perhaps not turning into the curb lane as he should have prevented a collision with the right turn vehicle behind.

Q&A - Too Slippery to Stop & Was Ticketed

Q&A ImageI recently received a ticket that I plan to dispute. The alleged offense was disobeying a stop sign. I would like to know if/how road conditions can factor into a dispute. The stop sign was at the end of a downhill exit ramp that led to a straight-ahead-or-left-turn-only intersection (left turn through underpass), and onto a different highway.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 971JPV

One does not need to do anything overtly dangerous to be considered a bad driver. Simple thoughtlessness or failing to consider other road users can create a hazardous situation as well. This driver decided to stop in the center of his lane, leave his door open and tie his shoe. Everyone else was welcome to drive around him.

BC Bad Driver of the Week - 762WVL

How many violations can a driver commit in 25 meters of parking lot? In this video I counted four, the failed stop when approaching from the right, failing to signal the turn onto the cross street, stopping in the wrong place before making that turn and turning left contrary to the posted sign.

Q&A - Stopping Behind Other Stopped Vehicles

Q&A Image(1)  what happens if you are the 2nd car in line stopped at a red light for instance, and a 3rd car rear ends you pushing you into the car in front?  Can you be charged for rear-ending the 1st car in line even though you weren't moving?  

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