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Stop Sign Requests
A stop sign is one of the most valuable traffic control devises when used in the correct location and under the right conditions. A stop sign has one main function: to indicate which vehicle has the right-of-way when regular rules of the road, sign obstructions, or traffic volumes make that unclear or difficult or dangerous to judge. 

One common misuse of stop signs is to randomly interrupt traffic, either by causing traffic to stop or by causing drivers to use other routes to avoid stop signs. National research has shown that stop signs do not have a lasting impact on traffic speed. Stop signs tend to reduce speed only in the immediate vicinity of the sign; vehicles are able to accelerate to the previous speed very quickly beyond the stop sign.       

Brooklyn Center Stop Sign Policy
The purpose of this policy is to provide for fair and uniform treatment of requests for stop signs in residential areas. Such requests are evaluated by they City's Administrative Traffic Committee (ATC), and subject to appeal to the City Council. In order for a stop sign to be installed in a new location, the follow items will be considered:
  • The provisions of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices shall be followed.
  • The ATC will review speed data, accident records, clear view triangle surveys, and any other relevant data when considering a stop sign at a particular location. 
  • If a sight obstruction in the clear view triangle is contributing to the sense of danger at the intersection or to a history of accidents at the intersection, staff should order the removal of that obstruction according to City ordinances before considering a stop sign. 
  • If an intersection experiences three or more recorded right angle accidents in a three year period, stop signs should be considered. 
  • If average speed at the 85th percentile is more than five miles per hour over the speed limit, then police should increase enforcement in the area for one year, before considering a stop sign. 
  • Absent engineering data which clearly indicates the need for a stop sign, a residential intersection should be left uncontrolled.

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