Stop sign run­ners typ­ify to­day’s pol­i­tics

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Tim De­ne­sha

I’ve no­ticed that stop signs at in­ter­sec­tions, at least in Buf­falo and Amherst, are treated in­creas­ingly as if they’re op­tional; in­deed, the “rolling stop” is no longer a stop at all for some driv­ers. It’s not that stop signs are treated like yield signs; quite the op­po­site.

Reg­u­larly I’ll be the first to halt at a four-way-stop in­ter­sec­tion; an­other driver (male or fe­male) will zoom up on the cross street, see that I’m stopped, and speed right on through.

This also hap­pens at traf­fic cir­cles with stop signs. In ad­di­tion, peo­ple are run­ning stop lights at higher speeds and longer af­ter the light has changed. Not very “City of Good Neigh­bors.”

All this is es­pe­cially risky when so many driv­ers are dis­tracted. Pedes­tri­ans, bi­cy­clists, and care­ful driv­ers must be more cau­tious at in­ter­sec­tions, where more and more it seems like any­thing goes. Weren’t we all taught in kinder­garten that, for the com­mon good, we should fol­low safety rules and take turns?

Be­sides be­ing dan­ger­ous, this be­hav­ior is self­ish and dis­cour­te­ous, an­other ex­am­ple of the rude­ness and in­ci­vil­ity which seem to af­fect so many as­pects of our pub­lic life. Is it per­haps fil­ter­ing down from our role mod­els in Wash­ing­ton? Let’s not for­get: we’re all in this to­gether.

Buf­falo

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