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Tips for four-way stops

Posted: Thursday, Sep 27th, 2012

BUCKHANNON — Drivers will get used to the new four-way stops on Main Street, according to city police chief Matt Gregory. But they need to give it time, brush up on driving basics and pay attention to their surroundings.

Gregory said he understands it can be difficult to adjust to change. But to ensure safety for pedestrians and other drivers, he’s calling for people to slow down on Main Street and give the new design a chance to work.

Pedestrian safety is of special concern, according to Gregory.

“Anytime a pedestrian is at that crosswalk, that pedestrian has the right of way,” he said.

But pedestrians need to remember to follow the law as well.

“They have to use the crosswalk,” he said.

Gregory also wants to remind drivers to yield the right of way at the new four-way stops.

“At a four-way intersection, the first person to arrive has the right of way,” he said. “If you arrive at the same time as someone else, the person to the right does.”

He continued, “If all four arrive at the same time, then the drivers need to communicate with the others.”

Gregory pointed out that traffic flow has improved because in the past drivers often had to wait longer at those intersections, especially on Florida Street facing north and waiting to turn left.

“I’ve seen people sit through two or three lights,” he remarked.

When asked about pedestrians with physical challenges, Gregory said he thinks it all goes back to heightened vigilance.

“Slow down, be vigilant. Know that they’re there, know that we need to yield to them as a driver.”

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