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Stop sign violations

Published November 16. 2009 05:00PM

A resident of Summit Hill attended a borough council meeting last week and did some complaining. One topic he touched on was how motorists seem to ignore stop signs in the borough.

He was right in this complaint. We've received comments from other individuals in the borough - including council members - about how too many drivers float through stop signs as though they don't exist.

This isn't to criticize the police. Obviously when they are present at an intersection, people stop.

And, the problem surely is more widespread than just Summit Hill. Especially where four-way stop signs exist, people too often assume others will stop and just fly through the intersections.

Not only is this a violation of the law, it's also very dangerous. Any individuals, but especially seniors and children, are at risk crossing the street.

The police throughout the region, including Summit Hill, do a good job with traffic patrols, running speed checks, watching for drunk drivers, and responding when someone complains about an erratic driver.

There could be more citations issued, though, for stop sign violations. The amount of individuals who think they're above the law and fly through the intersections seems to be increasing.

Possibly making an example of some of these drivers, and giving them tickets, will serve as warning to others.

Stronger enforcement could also potentially save a life.

By Ron Gower

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