Purpose/Importance of STOP Signs
The defenition of a Stop Sign is a traffic sign, usually erected at road junctions, that instructs drivers to stop and then to proceed only if the way ahead is clear. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_sign) It is designed to protect people from endangering themselves as well as others. It is very important to do as instructed on the sign when coming up to it; it can save the lives of you and your passengers, along with other people in their own vehicles. The state does not put up stop signs for no reason, they intend for them to help people be cautious while driving.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. (http://www.rmiia.org/Auto/Teens/Teen_Driving_Statistics.htm) Now being a teenager and having a ticket, reguarding speeding, running a stop sign or anything at that matter has made me realize how selfish I was to the fact that I was putting my life as well as others on the line. To you running a stop sign might not be a big deal, but to someone who has had a family member die because of an irresponsible person failing to stop and hitting their car, is a huge thing to them.
On Monday, January 28, 2008 in St. Luis a man by the name of Ramon Baez, a 67-year-old Morro Bay resident failed to come to a stop at a stop sign. This failure to stop resulted in the three car accident Monday afternoon according to reports, sending two people to the hospital and one person pronounced dead. (http://caraccidentlawsuits.blogspot.com/2008/01/one-person-dead-in-car-accident-due-to.html)
Now ask yourself a question, could this tragic accident have been provented if this man had stopped at this stop sign? The answer is YES! The lives of the two injured people will forever be changed and the hearts of all the family members of the person that was not so fortunate to get out of the crash alive will forever have a missing piece. Now ask yourself another question, has your views on running a stop sign changed? I...
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