The Traffic Stop: Obedience to a Stop sign

By MPD Officer Marla "Mo" Hawkinson
August 05, 2015

McPherson KS Police Department​ covered this topic roughly a year ago, but we feel a repeat would be helpful for everyone.

(STO #59 & KSA 8-1528 Find the exact wording here:

Loose meaning: Every vehicle (including cyclists) approaching a stop sign must stop which means ALL movement must cease; the wheels are no longer turning.

This stop should occur at the marked stop line, or where there is no line before the crosswalk, or at the point nearest the intersection with a view of approaching traffic.

As with most traffic laws a legal stop is a safety issue. We like the image we shared reminding drivers to S.T.O.P. (Stop, Think, Observe, and then Proceed).

STOP: No motion.

THINK: Focus on the task of driving –not the time consumed or the destination.

OBSERVE: Look both directions (left, right, left again) and check blind spots BEFORE leaving the stop.

PROCEED: Leave the stop at a reasonable rate of acceleration, while watching for hazards to prevent a collision.

In McPherson, drivers who fail to stop will be fined $60, plus $75 Municipal Court costs.

Pretty expensive for the additional time a second thought or another glance will cost you!

The “Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays to address topics of traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes the “Traffic Stop” and welcomes suggestions on topics to address.

Please private message MPD your traffic enforcement questions unrelated to the current topic. Call us if any question requires an immediate answer on our non-emergency line, (620)245-1200.