How to nav­i­gate 4-way stop signs

Weekend Courier - - News -

MAIN Roads WA has clar­i­fied how to nav­i­gate four-way stop signs – give way to your right.

The ad­vice came af­ter four stops signs were in­stalled at the Flin­ders Lane and Kent Street in­ter­sec­tion on April 12; the signs were re­moved on Fri­day, April 20.

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said four-way stop signs were not a new con­cept for the depart­ment.

“With a four-way in­ter­sec­tion stop sign con­fig­u­ra­tion, once a ve­hi­cle has ful­filled its obli­ga­tion to stop, then the gen­eral ‘give way’ rules ap­ply,” he said.

“In this case, once the ve­hi­cle has stopped driv­ers would give way to ve­hi­cles ap­proach­ing from the right.”

The con­fig­u­ra­tion is de­signed to pre­pare driv­ers when an in­ter­sec­tion is set to change from its usual lay-out; in this case the po­si­tion of the stop signs changed from Kent Street to Flin­ders Lane.

“The pol­icy is to install four stop signs at an in­ter­sec­tion where right of way is chang­ing,” he said.

“They are left in place for a short time prior to re­mov­ing the ini­tial set. Re­search shows that by re­mov­ing them with­out warn­ing there is an in­crease in ac­ci­dents.”

“Tem­po­rary warn­ing sig­nage or vari­able mes­sage signs are in place to in­form road users of the change.”

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the City was re­spon­si­ble for mon­i­tor­ing the in­ter­sec­tion and the change was part of for­ward works linked with the Rock­ing­ham Beach Fore­shore Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Project.

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