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Right-of-way

Where roadways meet and intersect,
there is the possibility for a collision. Who
should proceed and who must wait?

Right-of-way rules require one person
to yield and allow the other to proceed.
Signs, signals, and sometimes the
position of your vehicle to other vehicles
at an intersection determine the rules.
However, even if you have the right-
of-way, you are still responsible to do
everything you can to prevent a collision.

Intersections

An intersection is where two or more
roadways meet, creating a possible
conflict between vehicles on those
roads and with pedestrians crossing the
roadways. These are high-risk locations
for collisions. Intersections may be
controlled by traffic signs, traffic signal
lights, or both. Intersections not controlled
by signs or signals are controlled by rules
and regulations. To drive safely through
an intersection with or without controls
you must know the rules and regulations
that determine who has the right-of-way.

Always be careful. Other drivers may
not be paying attention to the signs and
signals, or may be unaware of the rules at
intersections without signs or signals.

Note: For information about traffic signs
and traffic signals, refer to Chapter 2. 

Directions given by a peace officer or
police officer must be followed over traffic
signs or signals.

Intersections controlled
by signs

STOP SIGNS

A stop sign indicates
that your vehicle
must come to a
complete stop.
After stopping, check
the intersection

carefully for pedestrians and other traffic.
When safe, you may proceed.

There are rules about where you
must stop your vehicle when you come
to a stop sign.

RULES FOR STOPPING
AT INTERSECTIONS:

Where a stop line has been marked, bring your
vehicle to a complete stop before the stop line.
Before moving forward, give pedestrians and
traffic the right-of-way.

Stop before the stop line at a marked crosswalk.

Where there is no  stop line, stop before the marked crosswalk.

 


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