The Traffic Stop: Right of way

By MPD Executive Officer Mo Hawkinson
November 04, 2015

Right turn on red (STO #13 & KSA 8-1508 (c)(1) & (2) …find the exact wording here: tinyurl.com/nje5m24)

Right of way approaching an intersection (STO #57 & KSA 8-1526 …find the exact wording here: tinyurl.com/ndpvxhc)

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

Entering Roadway from an Alley/Private Drive; (STO #80 & # 60 & KSA 8-1555 & 1529…find exact wording at these links:tinyurl.com/o2zb99g & tinyurl.com/nl864ha)

Very often we encounter drivers who feel the right of way belongs solely to them. I call this the “me first syndrome."

There are a handful of statutes and ordinances which clearly outline right-of-way in particular situations. Some examples include: Yielding from stop signs, or entering one roadway from another, or when turning, or in a roundabout, and yielding as a pedestrian.

Failure to yield is often due to inattention or a lack of common courtesy, but it’s illegal and more importantly failure to yield is a safety issue.

It is the root cause of many other infractions including vehicle collisions. In 2014, there were 320 reported collisions in the City of McPherson.

Failure to Yield was a contributing factor in 34 of those and there have been 39 to date this year. In McPherson, each of the traffic offenses listed above is a $60 fine and $75 Municipal Court cost except the pedestrian violation which is a $30 fine and $55 court cost.

“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!

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