Stop Signs


Stop_Sign.JPGThis is what they look like. They are often found near intersections.

There are plenty of Stop Signs in town, but some people just don’t stop.

The [WWW]California Driver Handbook has this to say about stop signs: Eight-sided red STOP signs mean you must make a full stop whenever you see a STOP sign. Stop before entering a crosswalk or at a white “limit line” which is a wide white line painted on the street. If a crosswalk or limit line is not painted on the street, stop at the corner.

More information about [WWW]right of way at intersections, including those controlled by stop signs, can be found in the Handbook.

There is a difference between four-way stops, as seen mostly in down town, and two-way stops as seen bordering down town on more minor streets. There is an even bigger difference in a Cactuar Sign, as those have no jurisdiction over our roads. Some local signs have a secret activist agenda as well.

The Oregon Legislature is currently considering adoption of a law similar to one in Idaho that introduced what’s known today as the [WWW]Idaho stop, which allows bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs. No word yet on if and when California or Davis will consider such a law. However, if it passes in Oregon, it may not be far off.

The stop-clap game would not be possible without the existence of these noble landmarks.


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2007-10-02 10:36:49   What, no pictures of various stop signs in town? :-) —CovertProfessor

2007-10-02 10:39:05   There is a page on stop signs. Wow. —JoseBleckman

2007-10-10 08:09:20   Someone should note the difference between all way stops, as seen mostly in down town, and the ... not-all-way stops as seen bordering down town on more minor streets. —DavidPoole

2008-03-18 13:35:23   so what if one encounters a 7 sided stop sign, or a 6 or 9 what about a 10???? —DevinCastellucci

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