Stop signs control the flow of traffic, and more importantly, create safety at intersections for motorists and pedestrians alike.
According to Standard Traffic Ordinance 59, “Except when directed to proceed by a police officer, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering it. After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of roadways. Such driver shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within an adjacent crosswalk.”
To be considered stopped; a vehicle must be completely free from movement. Even if other vehicles are not present at the intersection, we must stop before proceeding through the intersection, and check to make sure the intersection is safe and clear. For your safety and the safety of others, look left, right, and then left again before proceeding into an intersection from a stop sign.
Please continue to drive safely, and have a Great Week!