Thursday, November 30, 2006
4-way stop signs

Q: My question is about intersections with 4-way stop signs. Almost every day (and sometimes several times a day) I encounter a situation where I need to make a left hand turn at a 4-way stop intersection. The car opposite me is going straight and we were at the intersection at the same time. They will not move into the intersection and wait for me to turn left before they go straight, or
they will wave me to turn left. On other occasions, I will be going straight through an intersection and the car opposite me is turning left. They will start turning left before I have taken my turn. What is the appropriate way for me to respond to either of these situations?

A: Indiana Code requires when two (2) vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the person who drives the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. (IC 9-21-8-29), or a person who drives a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction that is within the intersection or so close to the intersection as to constitute
an immediate hazard. After yielding and giving a signal the person who drives the vehicle may make the left turn, and the persons who drive other vehicles approaching the intersection from the opposite direction shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle making the left turn.(IC 9-21-8-30)

posted by South Bend Police Department @ 9:09 PM  

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