Are There Too Many Unmarked Intersections?


A two car collision claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy on Monday. It happened on an unmarked intersection, leading some to wonders whether these crossroads without stop signs are too dangerous.

One Kearney resident believes you can't put a sign on every intersection.

"I don't think any town or municipality can afford to put stop signs at every intersection that is unmarked now," said Ron Thomas.

But another driver who makes her way through Kearney every day would like to see more stop signs at these intersections.

"I've almost been hit several times by an intersection. I would feel safer if there was more stop signs at intersections," said Jacqueline Shelpler.

Kearney Police Captain Mike Kirkwood is not sure putting more stop signs would guarantee more safety.

"We have just as many accidents with stop signs and yield signs as we have open intersections. The law states you yield to the right," added Kirkwood.

Kirkwood says all drivers should know this law because it is on the driver's test. He advises all drivers to approach every intersection with caution.

"Defensive driving is what it's all about, it's the best way to stay out of an accident, and it's the best way to stay out of a ticket," said Kirkwood.

Kirkwood says you never know what the other driver is going to do, making it important to be alert at these intersections at all times.