When Patch perched with its video camera at the corner of St. Johns and Central Avenues August 11 to observe stop sign obedience of bicycle riders through the downtown area, a number of readers commented on Facebook drivers should be investigated as well.
“How about we focus on the cars that don't make complete stops,” Andy Milonakis Castellanos wrote August 19.
A few days before Castellanos wrote that, Patch spent 15 minutes at the corner of North and Summit Avenues in Highland Park with camera in hand observing driving habits at that four-way stop. The video shows what we found.
The video was taken before nearby Wayne Thomas Elementary School and Northwood Middle School started classes. They are both less than a block from the intersection.
Some people stopped. Some did not. Some slowed down but did not cease motion before proceeding through the intersection. What is proper behavior?
“The only stop is coming to a complete stop, looking and then going through (the intersection),” Highland Park Deputy Police Chief Dave Schwarz said. Schwarz also mentioned the department recognizes the situation in the City and welcomes communication from residents about problem areas. “We’ll put it on our list (to patrol).”
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