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The purpose of a stop sign is to assign right of way at an intersection or where traffic is required to stop. Stop signs are installed at intersections when an engineering evaluation indicates the installation is appropriate. They are installed where:
Federal and state regulations require the installation of all traffic control devices, including stop signs, to follow the guidelines in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Each year, Jefferson County receives many requests to install stop signs as a way to reduce speeding. Research has shown that stop signs do not decrease the overall speed of traffic. In fact, impatient drivers view the additional delay caused by unwarranted stop signs as lost time to be made up by driving at higher speeds between signs. Unwarranted stop signs can also provide a false sense of security for pedestrians and motorists, which increase the potential for accidents.
If problems with speeding exist, please report these to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit at 303-271-KOPS (5677).
The county will consider installing stop signs or yield signs at intersections that are currently uncontrolled (have no signs to direct traffic as to who has the right of way) based on an engineering analysis.
Please contact Jefferson County at 303-271-8461 to have an intersection evaluated.
Multi-way stop signs can be an effective safety measure if properly warranted. They should not be installed inappropriately where:
A multi-way stop is designed to provide safe and adequate gaps for vehicles to enter an intersection, not to control speeds or redirect traffic to other streets.
Jefferson County will consider installing multi-way stop signs if the following conditions are met:
Please contact Jefferson County Transportation and Engineering at 303-271-8461 to have an intersection evaluated.
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