We understand that stop signs may seem like a good solution to prevent speeding or reduce cut through traffic, however, that is not the case. National studies have shown:
1. that crashes can increase at intersections where stop signs are installed even though they are not warranted.
2. that speeds can actually increase between stop signs by 3 to 5 mph, particularly when they are used inappropriately.
3. compliance at inappropriate stop sign locations is poor, resulting in a false sense of security and accidents involving motorists and pedestrians expecting cross traffic to stop.
4. the proliferation of stop signs at inappropriate locations creates a lack of respect for stop signs that are warranted.
For these reasons we only install stop signs in locations that meet one of the conditions outlined within the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Please review the City's stop sign installation policy and application document by clicking here.