July 15, 2004 -- Posted 5:00 p.m. CDT
Jonesboro, AR -- It often seems folks in Jonesboro are in a rush to get around town, too many things to do, so little time. Maybe we all need to put on the brakes for a refresher course in Driver's Ed.
Shari Brown wishes more people took that refresher course. A few months ago she was caught in an accident at an intersection in Jonesboro, leaving her now with months of rehabilitation.
"Don't stop too close at a stop sign," said Brown. "If something happened and you got hit from behind you don't want to hit the car in front of you because you stopped too close, and I think that's what happened in our accident, people were crunching up too close together at our intersection to the point where one got hit, it started a chain reaction."
You don't necessarily need to wait a specific amount of time when you come to a stop sign, but you must come to a complete stop. If you're at a 4 way stop, the driver to your right has the right of way.
"Most people when they think of someone running a stop sign, they think of people just running right through the stop sign, but it's a lot more often that we see someone go slowly through an intersection, maybe just slow down for a stop sign, or someone that might actually just come up to an intersection and make a right turn without stopping at all," said Sargeant Stephen McDaniel with the Jonesboro Police Department.
In all cases, expect police to make a stop after you.
"Whether it be intentional or unintentionally, you can be cited for running a stop sign," said McDaniel.
According to McDaniel, the 2 most dangerous intersections, where stop signs are commonly disregarded, are found at Culberhouse and Parkview, as well as Culberhouse and College in Jonesboro.
"The signs are there to control the traffic and without a control in traffic, we would have a lot more accidents, and an increase in injuries out there," said McDaniel.