A few years back I began noticing a disturbing trend on the roads. Many people were no longer stopping for signs, and I did not understand why. It was not just a few people. It seems that at least half of the people driving down my street are not stopping for stop signs, but this problem is not isolated to my small town. This new and unimproved way to drive seems to be a trend, at least in the northern part of Indiana, and it is a potentially deadly habit that needs to be dealt with. Before long, reckless drivers will begin disregarding stoplights too.
Consider the following reasons why people no longer stop, and heed my warning. If you are guilty of no longer stopping for stops signs, this potentially deadly habit will eventually catch up with you. It is just a matter of time.
Go, Go, Go!
One of the main reasons why people no longer stop for stop signs is time. How dare anyone or anything demand they stop for a even few seconds? They are either running late for work, late for an appointment, or they simply do not care if they put others in danger. They do not want to stop, and big red signs with bold white letters mean absolutely nothing – unless of course a police officer is spotted just around the bend.
It is funny how the sight of a police car suddenly makes everyone stop for the signs in front of my home. I would love to ask them why they are stopping when they usually run the same signs.
They Want to Save Gas and Ignore the Signs
Some people no longer stop for stop signs because they want to save a few cents at the gas pump. Stopping and starting takes more gas than simply coasting through, and this is why some people no longer feel the need to come to a complete stop. Many never even touch their brakes!
Is the few pennies they save really worth it? Not stopping for stop signs is a very dangerous habit to develop, and this regular practice on a desolate side street could eventually carry over to a busy highway. Just as using turn signals is a smart habit, stopping for all stop signs is also wise. It is possible to become accustomed to not stopping, and this reckless way to drive will eventually cause an accident.
They No Longer Stop Because They Are Not Worried About Their Wallet
People will continue disobeying the rules of the road, but many of these same people that no longer stop for signs would not think of leaving their driveways without putting on a seatbelt. This is because in many areas, seatbelt usage seems to be more of a concern than disobeying the rules of the road. Towns could rake in a considerable amount of revenue passing out tickets to those ignoring stop signs, but for whatever reason, the police are not hiding around corners nearly as often as they should. At other times the police are sitting within plain sight, and reckless drivers are able to see them. In any case, just having more of a police presence would help encourage reckless drivers stop for the signs.
A Warning to Drivers that Disregard the Big Red Signs with Bold White Letters
I am not a fan of bumper stickers. A matter of fact I hate them, but I plan on buying a bumper sticker to warn those in back of me (if they know how ot read) that I stop when required. Even if I could get away with blowing the signs, I would not want to start a potentially deadly habit. I will always try to stop.
I have a warning for northwest Indiana and Illinois drivers that do not follow the rules. Honk all you want, and prepare to eat my bumper. I will not blow signs so you can reach your destination a few seconds faster!