Installing Stop Signs
In order to provide a sound basis for engineering judgment with
respect to the need for installing stop signs on all approaches of the
roadway, the Department conforms to the Manual on Uniform Traffic
Control Devices (MUTCD). This manual, prepared by a national joint
committee on municipal, county, and state officials, contains the
following conditions or warrants, which should be present before a
traffic control device such as a multiway stop control is warranted.
As an interim measure where a traffic control signal is warranted and urgently needed;
There is evidence of a traffic accident problem indicated by the
occurrence of 5 or more reported accidents of a type susceptible
to correction by the installation of a multiway stop within a 12-month
A significant and evenly distributed volume of vehicular and/or pedestrian traffic is present at the intersection.
It should be noted that "STOP" signs are used to assign right-of-way
and are not intended to use just to slow down speeders. Installing stop
signs at an unwarranted location can create a false sense of security to
the pedestrians and drivers, whereas a disaster may be eminent
resulting from a high number of stop sign violations at that location.
Unwarranted signs can also increase the potential of rear-end type
accidents. By adhering to the nationally adopted guidelines, we make
sure that the stop signs throughout the County are meaningful and
necessary but not just a sense of false security.