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Rollings stops

Posted: November 11, 2012 - 10:37pm

Rolling stops

One recent morning, I had to stop at the Brainerd post office. Afterwards, I

had about 20 minutes to kill, so I sat in my car across the street from the

post office and watched the traffic.

In that time, I saw 87 vehicles eastbound on Laurel St. go into the right

hand lane to turn south onto 5th St. SE. Only one vehicle came to a stop at

the stop sign before turning. The rest just took a glance and rolled right on

through the stop sign. One roller was a Brainerd police car!

When I took driver’s education 45 years ago, I was taught that one comes to a

COMPLETE stop at a stop sign (or light), and THEN looks to see if traffic

conditions would allow one to proceed safely before continuing. Stop meant


If the city is in need of additional revenue, I can think of one way for it

to easily generate some in a self-funded manner.

Brian Marsh