July 30, 2020
Stop signs are considered traffic control devices and not traffic calming measures. They are intended to control the flow of traffic at an intersection and assign right-of-way. Traffic noise and speeds may increase with the introduction of a stop sign. Standard engineering thresholds are applied to determine if a stop sign is “warranted.” Numerous studies have found that unwarranted stop signs are more likely to be ignored by motorists and have been found to lead to increased collisions and speeding.