The Traffic Stop

By McPherson Police Department
March 04, 2015

Traffic Control Signals; (STO #13 and KSA 8-1508 Find the exact wording here: kansasstatutes.lesterama.org/Chapter_8/Article_15/8-1508.html

The bottom line on yellow lights: Entering an intersection while a yellow light is displayed is legal, but unsafe. It's a warning that the red light is coming & ignoring warnings is dangerous.

Obviously, there are times when the traffic light changes after you are in the intersection and it would be impossible to stop at the appropriate place. Also, depending on the size of the vehicle load it may be difficult to stop prior to entering the intersection. (Inclement weather conditions are NOT an excuse for failure to stop as you should travel at a speed at which you may stop effectively.) Until the traffic light changes to green your vehicle should remain behind the crosswalk or stop line –whichever is furthest from the traffic light. Finally, “creeping” into the intersection will not cause the light to change any faster, but blocking a crosswalk or entering the intersection while the light is red may earn you a ticket.

In McPherson, these are moving violations punishable by a $60 fine and $75 court cost.


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