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Updated: 05/08/2014 10:24:04PM

‘Stop’ means stop

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Bartow Police Chief Joseph Hall

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In the City of Bartow, we have an abundance of Stop signs and four-way stop intersections. This week’s topic may appear simple enough, but recently we have received complaints about the stop signs and vehicle operators not coming to a complete stop.

Impeding the flow of traffic is often times a hindrance, but in reality, Stop signs can be looked at as ‘calming devices.’ That is to say that they are strategically placed to lower the speeds of vehicles in given areas in an effort to lessen the chances of vehicle crashes and injuries. They are also purposefully located where the operator’s vision is partially or totally obscured from oncoming traffic. That makes a stop sign vital to our travel safety.

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