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Where do I need to stop at a stop sign?

Do I need to stop at the point where a stop sign is placed?

No. A stop sign may be placed at the corner or well before the corner but the location of the stop sign is not the point at which you must come to a stop.

A stop sign controls the movement of traffic approaching an intersection and only tells you that you must come to a complete stop and yield to both pedestrians and vehicles before proceeding but a stop sign does not tell you where to stop.

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Where are you required to stop when approaching a stop sign?

If there is a stop line (white line), you must stop before the stop line.

What if there is no stop line?

You must stop immediately before the cross-walk.

What if there is no white stop line or marked cross-walk?

You must stop immediately before the sidewalk.

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What if there is no white stop line, marked crosswalk, or sidewalk?

You must stop immediately before the shoulder of the cross street where pedestrians will cross if a pedestrian is present or if no pedestrian is present, stop at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where you have a view of approaching vehicles.

What if my visibility is blocked by trees, bushes, or parked cars when I stop at the white stop line?

Move up slowly to where you have a view of approaching vehicles and yield to oncoming traffic.

How long do I need to stop at a stop sign?

Do I need to stop for 3 seconds at a stop sign? No. The 3 seconds rule is a myth. You must simply bring your car, motorcycle, or truck to a complete stop.

Where can I find Information about stop signs in New York?

The New York DMV provides information about stop signs and where you must stop relative to a crosswalk.

New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Regulating Stop Signs

New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law S 1172 states the following about where you must stop at a stop sign:

S 1172. Stop signs and yield signs.  (a)  Except when directed to
proceed by a police officer, every driver of a vehicle approaching a
stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then
shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the
intersection, or in the event there is no crosswalk, at the point
nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of the
approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the
intersection and the right to proceed shall be subject to the provisions
of section eleven hundred forty-two.

You must yield to pedestrians first and then to vehicular traffic coming from both directions.

New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law S 1142 states:

S 1142. Vehicle entering stop or yield intersection.  (a) Except when
directed to proceed by a police officer, every driver of a vehicle
approaching a stop sign shall stop as required by section eleven hundred
seventy-two and after having stopped shall yield the right of way to any
vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which
is approaching so closely on said highway as to constitute an immediate
hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the
intersection.

If you were a pedestrian hit by a car or truck at an intersection with or without a stop sign or you were a driver who was injured in an intersection collision, please call us days/nights/weekends for a free consultation.

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Can I get a ticket for entering an intersection when a traffic light is yellow?

No! It is not illegal to enter an intersection when the traffic light facing you is yellow. There is no ticket for passing a yellow light. The purpose of a yellow traffic light is only to warn that the light is about to turn red so you have time to stop safely.

NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1111 (b) 1., states: “Traffic, except pedestrians, facing a steady circular yellow signal may enter the intersection; however, said traffic is thereby warned that the related green movement is being terminated or that a red indication will be exhibited immediately thereafter.”

Can I get a ticket if the traffic light is yellow when I enter the intersection but turns red before I went through the intersection?

If a yellow traffic signal turns red while you are still in the intersection, you have not run a red light. You can proceed straight ahead or make a turn even though the light has now turned red.

While making a left turn with traffic coming towards you, you can pull into the intersection while the traffic light is green or yellow and stop in the intersection until the light turns red so oncoming traffic has stopped and it is safe for you to make your turn.

You should not be ticketed for passing or “running” a red light unless the light was red when your car, truck, or motorcycle entered the intersection.

If you were injured in a car accident when either you or another car entered the intersection while the traffic light was green or yellow, please call us for a free consultation.

The car in front of the ambulance entered the intersection when the traffic light was yellow. But the traffic light was already red when the ambulance crossed the stop line. The ambulance did not have its lights or siren on. The driver of the car would not get a traffic ticket but the ambulance driver should get a ticket.

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Can A Police Officer Still Give Me A Ticket if the light was yellow when I entered the intersection and turns red while I am still in the intersection?

You could get a ticket and I did once. But there is a difference between being ticketed and being found guilty.

A police officer should not issue a ticket for entering the intersection while the light is yellow. But a police officer may think he or she saw you enter the intersection while the light was red and give you a traffic summons even though the light was yellow.

That happened to me while driving a truck in New York City. If the police officer was wrong, your only recourse is to plead not guilty and go to trial.

I went to trial on my red light ticket. I proved that the police officer couldn’t have seen the traffic light when my truck entered the intersection and the ticket was dismissed. The judge told the police officer “Don’t ever come into my courtroom again with a ticket like that.”

Blocking the Box

In some areas like Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island in New York City, you can be given a ticket for “blocking the box” if you get stuck in the intersection when the traffic light turns red because the traffic in front of you has not moved.

This summons should not be confused with the traffic light because it only has to do with the fact that there was no room to move out of the intersection and you were blocking traffic.

Car Accidents Involving A Yellow Traffic Light

You may not get a traffic summons for running a yellow light but you may be injured in an accident.

Many car accidents occur when one car enters an intersection while the light is yellow. When the light is yellow, you need to be especially careful about

  • a car from your left or right expecting the light to change, speeding through, and T Boning or hitting your car, and
  • a car making a left turn in front of you.

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Philip L. Franckel, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York; He has a 10 Avvo rating; Avvo Client’s Choice with all 5-star reviews; Avvo Top Contributor; and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

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Robert Plevy, Esq. is one of the HURT911® Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Rob began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.

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