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Why are there not stop signs at all intersections?
One common misuse of stop signs is to arbitrarily interrupt through traffic, either by causing it to stop, or by causing such an inconvenience as to force the traffic to use other routes. Where stop signs are installed as "nuisances" or "speed breakers," there is high incidence of intentional violation. In those locations where vehicles do stop, the speed reduction is effective only in the immediate vicinity of the stop sign, and frequently speeds are actually higher between intersections. For these reasons, it should not be used as a speed control device.
A school crossing may look dangerous for children to use, causing parents to demand a stop sign to halt traffic. Now a vehicle, which had been a problem for three seconds while approaching and passing the intersection, becomes a problem for much longer period. A situation of indecision is created as to when to cross as a pedestrian or when to start as a motorist. Normal gaps in traffic through which crossings could be made safely no longer exist. An intersection that previously was not busy now looks like a major intersection. It really isn't; is just looks like it. It doesn't even look safer and it usually isn't.
Most drivers are reasonable and prudent with no intention of maliciously violating traffic regulations; however, when an unreasonable restriction is imposed, it may result in flagrant violations. In such cases, the stop sign can create a false sense of security in a pedestrian and an attitude of contempt in a motorist. These two attitudes can and often do conflict with tragic results.
Well-developed, nationally recognized guidelines help to indicate when such controls become necessary. These guidelines taken into consideration, among other things the probability of vehicles arriving at an intersection at the same time, the length of time traffic must wait to enter, and the availability of safe crossing opportunities.
Why can't we put a"Children at Play" sign on our road?
Although some municipalities have posted such signs widely in residential areas, no factual evidence has been presented to document their success in reducing pedestrian accidents, operating speeds or legal liability. Studies have shown that many types of signs attempting to warn of normal conditions in residential areas have failed to achieve the desired safety benefits. If signs encourage parents and children to believe they have an added degree of protection, which the signs do not and cannot provide, a great disservice results. Because of these serious considerations, Marion County and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) published by the U.S. Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration, does not recognize use of "Children at Play" signs. The law requires that all signs used on streets and highways must comply with the standards contained in the MUTCD. Specific warnings for schools are available for use where clearly justified. Children should not be encouraged to play within the street travel ways. The sign has long been rejected since it is a direct and open suggestion that this behavior is acceptable.
Can we get speed humps for our neighborhood?
How is the placement of traffic signals determined?
There are times when the installation of signals result in an increase in pedestrian accidents. Many pedestrians feel secure with a painted crosswalk and a red light between them and an approaching vehicle. The motorist, on the other hand, is not always so quick to recognize these "barriers."
When can a traffic signal be an asset instead of a liability
to safety? In order to answer this, traffic engineers have to ask and answer a
series of questions:
To aid them in answering these questions, engineers compare
the existing conditions against nationally accepted minimum guidelines.
Experienced traffic engineers established these guidelines (warrants) from many
observations at intersections throughout the country. Where the guidelines were
met, the signals generally were operating effectively with good public
compliance. Where the guidelines were not met, public compliance was reduced,
and additional hazards resulted.
I am having problems with vehicles running off the road and hitting my fence
and/or bushes. Can I have a guardrail installed?
How do I get a Drive Safely memorial sign installed?
Requests for a permit for highway safety memorial markers within the county rights-of-way are to be submitted to the Traffic section. Requests for a sign may be made by immediate family members or friends, with requests from friends requiring the approval of the deceased's immediate family. A notation of how the name should appear on the marker, contact information for the immediate family and a copy of the collision report should be included with the permit application. The Sign Division will place the marker in a safe proximity to the site of the incident. Standardized signs are installed with: "Drive Safely," "In Memory" and the Deceased Name. Please note that crosses or other types of memorials are not permitted to be erected in the county rights-of-way.
Can I have the Traffic Division manufacture a sign for me?