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If you choose to operate a motorized vehicle in the state of Pennsylvania, then you are agreeing to obey the rules of the road. To be fair, there are many of these to keep in mind. Primary among these is what to do when you approach an intersection. On many major roads, you will have a traffic light that will indicate when you need to stop and when you can safely proceed. For other times, there will be a stop sign. There are actually quite a few different duties that the driver has when approaching a stop sign. If you obey them, you have nothing to worry about in terms of getting a citation.
The issue is that even the more conscientious of drivers are bound to make a mistake at some point. You might get distracted when you come to an intersection and drive right through the stop sign. If a police officer happens to see you do that, you will likely see the dreaded flashing lights in your rearview mirror before you know it. This will often result in a traffic citation. If you get too many of these, your driving record will be adversely impacted. This will bring a number of negative consequences your way, so it is important to have a lawyer fight the citation on your behalf. Continue reading to learn how a lawyer can help minimize the consequences of failing to abide by your duties at a stop sign.
Here Is Some Important Information
It is often beneficial to receive a refresher on what you should do when you approach a stop sign in Pennsylvania. In most cases, you are expected to come to a full stop whenever you come to a stop sign. The notable exception is when a police officer or other duly assigned individual waves you through the intersection without stopping due to one reason or another.
There are some other things that you will want to keep in mind. Many intersections do not a line that indicates where you are to stop. If that is the case, then you will need to come to a complete stop prior to the point that you touch a crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk either, then you will want to come to a complete stop prior to reaching the nearby intersecting road where you can have a clear view of any traffic that is approaching.
It is not enough to just stop at the sign itself. There are still some other duties that you must perform. Before you proceed, you must have a clear view of approaching traffic. If you do not, then you are required to first yield the roadway to any pedestrians that are present. Once they are clear, then you need to pull forward very slowly until such point that you are able to clearly see there is no oncoming traffic and that is safe to proceed. The bottom line is that you cannot leave the area behind the stop sign until it is obviously safe to do so.
What Happens Next?
If you are pulled over by the police for failing in your duties at a stop sign, do not panic. Just turn off your ignition and wait for the officer to approach the vehicle. You should not get out of the car unless directed to do so. Be polite to the officer at all times. Whatever you do, avoid the temptation to try and talk your way out of being issued a citation. At the same time, respectfully decline to answer any questions and inform the officer that you will wait for your lawyer to consult with you.
As soon as you possibly can, contact our office so that we can begin to mount your defense. It is important to fight the charges leveled against you. A guilty conviction will result in points being added to your driving record, and you want to avoid that.