Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 12 the intersection of Filer Avenue and Carriage Lane will be changing to a four-way stop. Signs and turn bays were installed at the intersection when crews completed street resurfacing in July.
The four-way stop was installed due to increasing traffic volume, as well as to prevent vehicle and pedestrian collisions at an uncontrolled intersection.
A four-way stop is a traffic management system that requires vehicles on every approach to come to a complete stop at the intersections before proceeding through it. Drivers are encouraged to remember the following at all four-ways stops:
First Come, First Served: On a four-way stop, the first car to arrive at the intersection receives the right of way. It doesn’t matter where the vehicle is located or what direction it is traveling, this rule will always apply when someone has clearly arrived at the stop sign first. However, still be cautious of aggressive or distracted drivers that may dismiss this rule.
Yield to the Right: When two vehicles arrive at a four-way stop at the same time, and are located sided -by-side, the vehicle furthest to the right has the right of way. If Three vehicles arrive at the same time, the car furthest left should continue to yield until both other cars to the right of them have passed.
Straight Over: When arriving at an intersection head-to-head with another vehicle, it is important to use signals. When two vehicles arrive at a four-way stop at the same time, and they are located head-to-head and one of the vehicles intends to turn and the other intends to go straight, the vehicle going straight has the right of way. Keep in mind that if both vehicles are going straight or turning onto the same direction, they can both proceed at the same time.
Right Over Left: When two vehicles arrive at a four-way stop at the same time, and they are located head-to-head and one of the vehicles intends to turn right and the other intends to turn left, the vehicle turning right has the right of way. Move forward slowly before entering the intersection to indicate to other drivers you are making the turn. The driver turning left should wait until the other car has fully passed.