Stop Signs

Written by Michael O'Brien
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We all hate stop signs. They are annoying little obstacles on the road of a smooth ride to our destination. It's especially annoying when police give out tickets to motorists who don't come to a complete stop. Without the stop sign, life would be a whole lot better, right? Don't be so sure.

Stop Signs: Protecting Public Safety

Intersections are a necessity in any community. Traffic signals are used at major intersections to regulate the flow of traffic more efficiently. Where traffic isn't as heavy, the concept of cars crossing paths and taking turns doing so must be followed. This is where the necessity of the stop sign becomes apparent.

Without stop signs, car collisions would occur constantly, leading to far more traffic delays and casualties on the road. Without having some kind of traffic regulation in place to facilitate the movement of intersecting traffic, things would come to a standstill. As annoying as they may be, stop signs are absolutely essential. We can all tolerate being inconvenienced for a few seconds for the sake of overall road safety and efficiency.

Avoiding Tickets

Many members of my family have gotten tickets from police officers for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign regulated intersection. (I have yet to count myself among them though, knock on wood.) What police are looking for is that little jerk forward motion that occurs when a car's brakes fully kick in and it comes to a complete stop. This is their indication that the law is being followed. A smooth "California Roll" through an intersection will warrant a ticket.

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