Archive for Thursday, August 21, 2008

Chief’s Corner

August 21, 2008

Lately, I have received several complaints from Basehor citizens about people running stop signs in our city. We have also experienced an increase in the number of accidents occurring at intersections where stop signs are posted.

Did you know that driving near and through intersections is one of the most complex challenges that drivers face? Intersection crashes account for more than 45 percent of all reported crashes and 21 percent result in fatalities.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2005, nearly 9,200 people died and approximately one million people were injured in intersection related crashes, which is a rate of more than one an hour.

The Standard Traffic Ordinance that is used to enforce stop sign violations states that every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a marked stop line, or if none, before entering the intersection. After having stopped completely, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection and then proceed with caution.

Due to the statistics associated with stop sign violations, Basehor's fine for running a stop sign is one of our highest. You can expect to pay more than $150 if you are issued a citation for running a stop sign.

We are all guilty of the "California roll" or the "St. Louis crawl" when approaching stop signs and no matter how you analyze it, that is still running a stop sign and can be very dangerous. Stop signs were designed to control traffic in areas where streetlights were not feasible and are expected to be obeyed.

The Basehor Police Department will be increasing its patrol and watching for stop sign violators, especially now that school is back in session and there will be more traffic on the streets. Hopefully, this knowledge will keep you safe and keep you from becoming another one of the NHTSA's statistics.

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