Stop-Sign Solution Could Save Drivers Time And Money Page 2

March 22, 2010
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"Some have speculated that this is a joke. Aspects of it may be funny, but it's not (to me anyway)," said Lauder, who first started thinking about this 27 years ago when he got a ticket for not coming to a full stop in a clear intersection. "Presently with stop signs, it is illegal not to come to a complete stop, even if you can clearly see that there is nothing to stop for. This is a stupid situation."

Politeness is neither the issue nor the purpose for the sign. "The purpose is to ALLOW people to legally and safely do what is best for them and the environment in a common type of intersection," he argues, pointing out that studies regarding so-called traffic calming tactics—placing more stop signs than needed to slow traffic or reduce traffic on side streets—only results in higher speeds between those stop signs.

Lauder says that aside from the need to educate the public, the new signs would only cost about $200, or the same as new stop signs.

"Since I have a day job, I am hoping that others will take this up," says Lauder, appealing to planners, traffic engineers, transportation experts, and public officials to adopt a solution.

It could add up to a lot of fuel (and time) saved, nationwide.

What do you think? Could Americans learn to follow a new sign relatively quickly? Would more traffic lights solve the situation? Or should we focus efforts toward building more roundabouts?


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