Over the past few weeks with the nicer weather, SaultOnline has received reports which have led to our reporters noticing a disturbing trend… stop signs being ignored.
Whether it’s Third Line and Peoples Road, down by St. Basil’s, the corner of Albert and Gore or most recently Simon Avenue and Carlbert Street, some people are getting frustrated.
In a Facebook post, east-end resident Jen Blair showed a picture of her six-year-old daughter standing on a picnic table, holding a sign which read “Stop at the stop sign,” towards drivers who transit east-west on Simon.
Jen says, she’s even had people stop after blowing the sign.
“People in our neighborhood think it’s okay to repeatedly blow through the stop sign. The crossover street is a straight of way, No stop or yield,” said Blair in her post. “I’ve witnessed numbers of incidents here. I even had a guy circle back and park outside my house yesterday after blowing through at a high speed, almost hitting someone. So I yelled out. Stop!! Thankfully no one has died, yet.”
SaultOnline was invited to spend some time this afternoon near this intersection and within approximately 25 minutes we observed 7 out of 11 vehicles which failed to come to a complete stop. Two of those vehicles didn’t even attempt to stop.
One of the commenters on her post said it seems to be a big issue.
“This is a very serious problem in Sault Ste. Marie. I believe it’s due to lack of visible enforcement. I have lived here for 29 years and have seen people be ticketed only a handful of times.”
Just this morning, signs arrived at the intersection saying, “Children at Play” which are visible from all angles of the intersection.
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