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Traffic Tip: Stop signs and yield signs

By Zac De La Rosa
July 28, 2012 at 2:28 a.m.

This week's traffic law is found in The Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 544.010. Stop signs and yield signs. (a) Unless directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic-control signal, the operator of a vehicle or streetcar approaching an intersection with a stop sign shall stop as provided by Subsection (c).

(b) If safety requires, the operator of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall stop as provided by Subsection (c).

(c) An operator required to stop by this section shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. In the absence of a crosswalk, the operator shall stop at a clearly marked stop line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop at the place nearest the intersecting roadway where the operator has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway.

Definitions 541.401 section -10 - what is a stop?

(10) "Stop" or "stopping" means:

(A) When required, to completely cease movement; and

(B) When prohibited, to halt, including momentarily halting, an occupied or unoccupied vehicle, unless necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the directions of a police officer or a traffic-control sign or signal.

Why the emphasis on this particular traffic law?

This week's tip not only emphasizes the proper places to stop at stop or yield signs, it also defines a stop. The highlighted portion stresses that to stop means to "completely cease movement." Officers can easily spot this simply by watching the vehicle wheels/tires. If they continue to roll, no matter how slow, the vehicle never ceased to move.

The tip also stresses the proper designated points at which a vehicle should stop. A vehicle that comes to a complete stop is still in violation if its front end is sticking out in the intersection. A vehicle should stop behind either the crosswalk or white stop line. In absence of both, the vehicle should stop as near as necessary to the intersecting roadway where the operator has a view of approaching traffic, without actually entering the intersection.

The Victoria Police Department reminds you to drive safe, and obey all the traffic laws. The life you save may be your own.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Patrol Officer Zac De La Rosa, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.



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