Effectiveness of stop signs

The question for today is “are stop signs effective?”. I’ve been running along the same route for 5.5 years and either I’ve been noticing people failing to stop at the stop sign more or people just care less. At this particular intersection that is a 4 way stop, a small number of people actually slow down and stop, some slow down and continue, and the remainder simply just blow through the stop sign.


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On my run today, I saw a teenager not bother to slow down and make a left turn at this intersection. He didn’t seem to care that there was a stop sign. This intersection is getting more and more dangerous for me as I have no idea if people will stop. I decided to stop for a minute on my way back and take a video of a car running the stop sign. I didn’t have to wait long for this to happen; maybe 15 seconds.

 

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How can this intersection be made safer? Does this happen to all 4 way stops where no one is around to notice? Maybe steal spikes that puncture tires can be made to come up if people fail to stop.

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