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Stop signs will only confuse drivers

Editor:

Whenever a serious crash occurs at an intersection where someone is required to stop, it is always because that person did not stop or yield to traffic after stopping. Stop signs, no matter how large, will not make anyone apply the brakes.

To require all traffic to stop at Genesee and Springville-Boston roads is not the answer. This will confuse everyone traveling on Springville-Boston Road and cause more problems than it will solve.

Several years ago there was a fatal crash at the Boston-Springville Road and Boston-Colden Road that took the life of a young area girl. The town of Boston responded by putting in a blinking traffic light, red for east/west traffic on Boston-Colden/Tillen Road and blinking yellow for the Boston-Springville Road. That was the proper way to handle that situation, not create confusion for all traffic in all directions. Numerous studies show that drivers respond better to a blinking red light than a stop sign.

Also, the placement of Stop Ahead signs several hundred feet prior to the east/west Stop sign have proven effective.

David Karney

Concord

Erie County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigator

(Retired)
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