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Tue, Aug. 20

Letter: Police must enforce 'Stop Here' signs


Enforce the sign or remove the sign. The "Stop Here for Red Light" sign in front of the fire station on Williamson Valley Road at Iron Springs Road is an accident waiting to happen. Last week, I was almost rear-ended there when I stopped at the broad white line in the pavement at that location.

I was stopped in the middle lane (the right left-hand turn lane) with my left turn signal on waiting for the light to turn green. I grew somewhat apprehensive when I noticed traffic approaching from the rear at high speed. There were two cars each in the left most lane and the curb lane. All four cars passed me up and stopped at the broad white line in the street just before the intersection with Iron Springs Road. This was disconcerting but not dangerous.

A few seconds later a car approached from the rear in my lane. The driver did not appear to slow down until the car was almost upon me. The driver slammed on the brakes, blared the horn and flashed bright lights at me for being stopped in the middle of an open road. The car then backed up and swerved around me to proceed up to Iron Springs Road to wait for the green light in THE MIDDLE LANE - the same lane I was in.

Thanks to the driver's quick reaction, an accident was averted. But when will a driver not notice a car "stopped in the middle of an open road?"

Prescott police need to either enforce the "stop here on red" sign or remove it and let all drivers wait for the red light at the intersection. Why not put a traffic cam there? The city could probably purchase several new police cruisers with the fines they would bring in from traffic sign violators.

Jim Granecki


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