All-way stop comes to busy intersection

By EMILY WEAVER
Managing editor
Posted 10/22/21

An all-way stop popped up at the intersection of U.S. Highway 301 and Hodges Chapel Road Wednesday with signs directing drivers of the new change.

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All-way stop comes to busy intersection

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An all-way stop popped up at the intersection of U.S. Highway 301 and Hodges Chapel Road Wednesday with signs directing drivers of the new change. Transportation officials said they installed the extra stop signs to improve safety on the busy thoroughfares, which are expected to be busier during the Interstate 95 expansion.

“Since this location involves a major U.S. route, I am sure that this location will get a lot of attention from the traveling public,” said James V. Flowers, a deputy division traffic engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division 6. “US 301 is also a detour route for major incidents on I-95.”

Transportation officials recorded 17 wrecks, including one fatal crash, at the intersection since Dec. 19, 2011. Three of the wrecks involved motorists running stop signs at the intersection on Hodges Chapel Road.

Converting a crossroads into an all-way stop showed a 68% reduction in crashes, a 77% reduction in fatal and injury crashes and a 75% reduction in frontal-impact crashes, according to a 2010 NCDOT study of 53 locations.

Transportation officials note all-way stops reduce the need for drivers to wait until there is a safe gap in opposing traffic and are “more cost-effective than other types of safety projects.”

Rules of an all-way stop

The rules of an all-way stop are as follows:

The first vehicle at the intersection has the right of way;

When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way and may go straight or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;

When two facing vehicles approach an intersection simultaneously, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must yield; and

Even with the right of way, drivers should remember to use appropriate turn signals and watch for pedestrians and other vehicles.

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