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February 18, 2009

Four-way stops are needed

Dan Early of Lenexa wonders whether many of the four-way stop signs are really needed (2/12, Local, “Watchdog”).

I live at 91st and Goddard, and that four-way stop is needed. There is a school up the street with kids crossing that intersection every day. I can sit out on my front porch and watch half of the cars at that intersection run the stop sign. We have contacted the Overland Park Police Department about the problem, and they have sat at that intersection and written many tickets.

You need to know the history of something before you want something changed. As a resident of Overland Park who has lived on that street for more than 30 years, my opinion should count for more than someone who just drives there occasionally. Why don’t you come and sit on my porch and see what we have to deal with on a daily basis?

James MacDonald
Overland Park


Pub 17

Two words: CIR and CLES.




"...my opinion should count for more than someone who just drives there occasionally."

The article never says how often Dan drives by. I wonder how Mr. MacDonald knows that is only occasionally.

This line on the article says it all:

"...there are 6,000 intersections in Overland Park, and four-way stop signs have been placed at fewer than 40 of them."

That's less than 1%. Yeah, every situation should be individually reviewed to ensure that a 4-way stop is warranted, but it's awfully hard to make an argument that their use is excessive at less than 1%.

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