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Stop signs more safe than stop lights

Register • Apr 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I think this is an excellent opportunity to point out that properly utilized stop signs are statistically much safer than stop lights. (“Injury crash slows Columbus Avenue traffic” Register, April 11.)

If there ever was a legitimate reason for a stop light at this intersection, it long ago faded away.

The problem with stop lights is that drivers race through the yellow and often the red.

A stop sign on the subordinate street (Parish, as having much less traffic) smooths and slows down traffic.

In this case, the accident was not caused by the absence of a stop light but the failure of the driver on Parish Street to yield the right of way.

America’s cities have suffered far too long under the yoke of highway engineers who insist on making highways wider and faster with too many signs and signals, making the surrounding community more dangerous and less desirable.

Cities are populated by people, not cars, and we need to design for them, not just their vehicles.

— Dennis Murray, Jr.


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