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Traffic Tip: Obey your stop signs and yield signs

By By David Brogger
April 20, 2014 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated April 19, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.


This week's traffic tip is in regards to Transportation code 544.010.

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.

Why this specific code, and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

Lately, I have been issuing several citations for this particular violation after observing near accidents because drivers violating this traffic code. Remember when driving an automobile, it is important to always pay attention and look out for traffic control devices.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

Click on this link to go to the Texas Transportation Code:

statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TN/htm/TN.544.htm#544.010

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Po lice Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.

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