In an effort to prevent fatal car accidents, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DELDOT) recently implemented a four-way stop at one of the most dangerous intersections in the state. In Delmar, Delaware, the intersection of Route 30/Whitesville and Pepperbox Road has seen numerous fatal car accidents. There have been five crashes in 2017 alone, two of them being fatal.
To address ongoing traffic safety concerns and save lives, DELDOT made several changes to the juncture located in southern Delaware. Two stop signs were added to Whitesville Road to make the intersection a four-way stop. The existing stop signs were replaced with larger sized “Stop” signs for increased visibility. Flashing red lights were attached to all four stop signs to caution drivers as they approach the intersection. Local officials installed message boards and stationed additional traffic enforcement officers to alert the public of the new traffic pattern.
All-way stops can be confusing to inexperienced drivers, but navigating them is fairly simple once you know the rules. After all cars have come to a complete stop, they should all allow pedestrians to cross. Drivers then take turns proceeding in the order in which they arrived at the intersection. When two cars arrive at the same time, each must yield to the car on the right. Drivers turning left must always yield to oncoming traffic. Traffic safety experts recommend making eye contact with drivers at other points in the intersection to ensure they are aware of your presence.
Moves to End Traffic Accidents
The Whitesville/Pepperbox Road intersection has long been a source of concern for area residents. Just last month, a man lost his life when a truck ran the stop sign, hitting his vehicle. Back in April, a 35-year-old woman was killed when she failed to stop at the intersection and crashed into a tractor-trailer. The woman’s car spun around several times before stopping beside the intersection. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
While some area residents are pleased with the updates, others feel more can be done to prevent fatal accidents. Some locals want rumble strips to slow drivers down as they approach the four-way stop. If the current alternations are not effective in reducing car accidents, DELDOT may have to consider additional safety precautions.
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As drivers and passengers, we are at the mercy of other drivers. We depend on them to drive awake, alert, and sober. Drivers who fail to obey traffic signals and signs put others’ lives at risk. If another’s carelessness or negligence behind the wheel left you injured and in pain, the Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC will advocate for you. We fight for the compensation you deserve to cover your medical expenses and lost income while you are unable to work. To schedule a free case consultation, call 215-569-8488 or complete our online contact form. We serve clients throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.