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Where Do I Have 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 crosswalk.

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

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 summons or ticket for passing a yellow light.

What Does a Yellow Traffic Light Mean?

The purpose of a yellow traffic light is to warn you that the light is about to turn red so you have time to stop safely. See Traffic Signals in Chapter Four, Traffic Control by the NYS DMV.

If you can stop safely at a yellow light, you may stop. If you cannot stop safely at a yellow light, you can continue through the intersection.

Which Law Says I Can Enter an Intersection When the Traffic Light Is Yellow?

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.”

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Is It Legal to Enter an Intersection With a Yellow Light, but the Traffic Light Turns Red While Still In the Intersection?

So, what happens if you run a yellow light and it turns red while you are still in 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 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, yellow, or red, please call us for a free consultation. We have even gotten substantial settlements for clients who ran a red light or a stop sign.

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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 I Get a Ticket if the Traffic Light Was Yellow but Turned Red While I Was Going Through the Intersection?

While it is not illegal to go through a yellow light, that doesn’t mean you cannot get a ticket for running a red light. If you went through a yellow light, but the police officer thought the light was red, you’ll get a ticket. But you shouldn’t be convicted.

A police officer should not issue a ticket for entering the intersection while the light is yellow. If you are issued a red light ticket, but the light was yellow when you entered the intersection, it is because the police officer made a mistake.

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.

You can have the ticket dismissed in court if you can prove to the judge that the light was yellow when you entered the intersection.

That happened to me while driving a truck in New York City. I entered an intersection with a yellow light to make a right turn. While still in the intersection, the traffic light turned red. I got pulled over by a police officer and got a ticket for running a red light.

But there is a difference between being ticketed and being found guilty. If the police officer was wrong, your only recourse is to plead not guilty and go to trial.

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

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What’s the Easiest Way to Prove You Entered the Intersection When the Light Was Yellow?

A dash cam or dashboard camera will prove that the traffic light was yellow when you entered the intersection.

This dash cam video proved that the traffic light was yellow when the driver entered the intersection. He thought he would get a red light ticket when the red light camera flashed, but he probably never got a red light ticket in the mail.

Red light cameras often flash, take photos, and record video, but they are manually reviewed by humans before a red light ticket is sent in the mail.

This dash cam video is by a driver who was issued a red light ticket by a police officer after driving through an intersection in Manhattan, New York City. He entered a not-guilty plea by mail and submitted photos from the dash cam video to prove the traffic light was yellow when his car entered the intersection. He shows the letter he received from the traffic court finding him not guilty.

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When Can You Legally Run a Red Light?

If a police officer, auxiliary police officer, or traffic officer directs you to drive in a manner inconsistent with a traffic control device, you must obey the officer. If you get a ticket for disobeying the traffic light or sign when obeying the instruction of an officer, the ticket must be dismissed. See Article 24 – NY Vehicle and Traffic Law, Sec 1110 (a).

If the traffic light or sign is improperly placed or located when installed or no longer in its proper place, a ticket for disobeying the traffic light or sign must be dismissed. See Article 24 – NY Vehicle and Traffic Law, Sec 1110 (b).

Blocking the Box

In New York City, including the counties of Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island, 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.

A summons for Blocking the Box should not be confused with a red light ticket. A ticket for Blocking the Box will be issued when you enter the intersection when the traffic light is green or yellow, but because there is no room to move out of the intersection, you are blocking traffic.

A red light ticket is a violation called disobeying a traffic control device. A ticket for Blocking the Box is a violation of “obstructing traffic at an intersection.”

Can You Beat a Red Light Ticket if You Ignore It?

No. There is a lot of information on the internet advising people to ignore a traffic ticket, and it will eventually go away. This is not true. You’ll just get into more trouble.

If you ignore a traffic ticket, you will get multiple notices and eventually be convicted by default. You will get more notices, and eventually, your driver’s license will be suspended. If you drive with a suspended driver’s license and are stopped by the police, you could be arrested, and your car can be impounded.

Advice to ignore a traffic ticket is just one of the many false statements that people maliciously post on the internet. Read why ignoring a traffic ticket is a bad idea.

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Car Accidents Involving a Yellow Traffic Light

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

  • 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.

How to Fight a Red Light Camera Ticket if You Went Through a Yellow Traffic Light

If you got a red light camera ticket but didn’t have an accident, you will receive a letter with information telling you how you can see the photos and video of your car going through the intersection.

Look at the photos and watch the video. If you entered the intersection when the light was yellow, follow the instructions in the letter to plead not guilty.

You will not need a lawyer because you cannot get points on your driver’s license for red light camera tickets.

How to Fight a Red Light Ticket if You Went Through a Yellow Traffic Light

If you got a red light ticket from a police officer or sheriff but didn’t have an accident and were not injured, you might want to consider hiring a traffic ticket lawyer.

If your car was damaged or totaled, you should contact your insurance company and file a claim under your collision coverage.

If you don’t have collision coverage, you will likely have to negotiate with the other car’s insurance company or file a lawsuit in small claims court. You will not likely find a lawyer to represent you unless the damage to your car is more than $30,000.

If you are injured in a car accident involving a yellow light, we will be happy to represent you for your injury and your ticket.

What to Do if You Are Injured in a Car Accident Involving a Yellow Light

If you were injured in a car accident and either your car or the other car entered the intersection with either a yellow or red traffic light, please call us. We will be happy to represent you for your injury, and we can have a traffic ticket lawyer represent you for your ticket.

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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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