FOLLOW THE SIGNS: Stanthorpe Police Sergeant Daniel O'Dea said it was every driver's responsibility to stay safe on the roads. Photo Daniel Elliott / Stanthorpe Border Post
FOLLOW THE SIGNS: Stanthorpe Police Sergeant Daniel O'Dea said it was every driver's responsibility to stay safe on the roads. Photo Daniel Elliott / Stanthorpe Border Post Daniel Elliott

Stop sign plea

STANTHORPE Police are concerned it is only a matter of time before motorists' failure to obey traffic signs results in serious injury or worse.

Local police have observed an increase in drivers failing to come to a complete stop at stop signs and are urging drivers to heed the importance of obeying all traffic signs.

Stanthorpe Police Sergeant Daniel O'Dea said stop signs were placed at intersections where extra care was needed because of either limited visibility, high volumes of traffic or where other vehicles had right of way.

"Stop signs and lines are designed for the safety of motorists and should be obeyed at all times," Sgt O'Dea said.

"When facing a stop sign you must bring your vehicle to a complete stop just behind the stop line. Then you must give way to vehicles and pedestrians approaching, entering or already on the intersection."

Sgt O'Dea said even if the vehicle in front had come to a complete stop, each driver was still required to obey the sign.

"A common mistake motorists make is not stopping behind the Stop line because the vehicle they are following hasn't stopped," he said.

"Each vehicle must stop behind the line so the driver has a clear view of the intersection they are entering.

"Failure to obey these signs could result in serious injury or worse."

Stanthorpe Border Post

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