Stop Signs & All-Way Stops
Stop signs, 2-way stops, 3-way stops, and 4-way stops assign the right-of-way at that intersection and help to control traffic at busy intersections.
Some people feel that installing a stop sign or all-way stop on their street will reduce speeding; however, this is not usually the case. Studies have shown that stop signs are ineffective at controlling speed along a street. Most motorists will speed up after they stop, and in many cases, actually drive faster to make up for the delay.
An incorrectly placed stop sign may create more hazards if installed in the wrong place. As stated above, it may actual increase speeding. As well, motorists may ignore the stop sign if the intersection is always empty, thus becoming a danger to pedestrians and other motorists.
The City of Regina uses a national warrant standard to determine if an intersection should receive an all-way stop (e.g., 2-way, 3-way, 4-way). This standard considers the traffic volumes on the streets, the number of right-angle collisions, and speed limits.
All-way stops are only installed at locations where 2 major streets intersect and traffic volumes on each street are about equal. If traffic volumes were not equal, the all-way stop would create unnecessary delay to the major flow of traffic.If you feel your intersection should be evaluated for an all-way stops warrant, use the City’s online Contact us form to request one.