Military Veteran and Personal Injury Attorney Renee Dial
I was ticketed for stopping on the white line!
By: Renee Dial
Everyone sees the white line when they are stopping for a red light or stop sign and everyone has seen those cars that pull so far forward that they may as well just run the red light. Well here is the law and why you should adhere to this easily followed concept.
316.123 Vehicle entering stop or yield intersection.—
(2)(a) ”Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic control signal, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection. After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely on said highway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when the driver is moving across or within the intersection.”
What this means to you is that when you pull up to a stop light or stop sign you MUST stop before the white STOP LINE before moving forward. Do not let your tires touch the line or the front of your vehicle to go over. If this happens and a law enforcement officer observes it you can be charged with a traffic infraction.
Most often we cannot see the traffic because there is shrubbery or other signs that block our field of vision. The same rule applies, come to a complete stop before the line and then inch forward until your line of sight is clear. This behavior becomes even more dangerous when there is a sidewalk. The stop line should be located before the sidewalk. If someone is riding a bicycle or running on the sidewalk there should be plenty of time to stop and look down both directions of the sidewalk. If a pedestrian or bike rider is on the sidewalk and hit by a vehicle that failed to stop before the white stop line then that driver may be found negligent and have to pay damages to the pedestrian or bicyclist for bodily injury.
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