Stop with the 4-way stop signs

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January 14, 2009 at 11:46 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

For all those who drive Primrose Dr. in Mimosa Park, you might be seeing another illegal 4-way stop sign if the council passes an ordinance for these illegal signs, as they usually do. The sign will be at the intersection of Primrose and Oak Lane. I see no obstructions or anything else that would warrant a 4-way stop sign.

But I am sure Councilman Nuss will probably have some invalid reason for the sign. It will probably be something like speeding or kids in the street. It is normally one person on a corner who requests these signs.

I have been telling council members and the administration for at least 25 years that they are breaking the law, but I guess I have not convinced them yet. I would like for the residents and others to know why these signs are illegal.

Sometime in the 60’s, the Federal Highway Administration produced a manual titled "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices." It is normally called "MUTCD." The state adopted the manual in 1968. After all the municipalities and governing bodies had received a copy of this manual, the state DOTD chief traffic engineer, Dempsy White, issued a directive to all concerned that all traffic control devices hearafter erected shall conform to the manual. 4-way stop signs are to be installed only if there are 300 vehicles an hour for any eight hour period or there are five accidents in any 12 month period. No 4-way stop sign in the parish meets this criteria and council members know it and have told me so and admit that they are breaking a state law 32:41 and 32:42, which gave Dempsy White the authority to enact his memo.

There are only 62 illegal sings in Mimosa Park. Hope you don’t have to spend a lot of money for brake jobs if you travel the streets every day of the week.

Cletus Martin
Luling, La

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