SIX NATIONS – A new four-way stop is going to be installed at the intersection of Sixth Line and Oneida Road and will be in effect as of April 1, 2016.
Six Nations Public Works made the decision to install the new stop-signs and is also going to see that a speed limit reduction be implemented. When the stop comes into effect, the new speed limit in the area will be reduced to 60 kilometres per hour.
The changes come from safety concerns that have been recently presented due to traffic congestion and worries of potential car accidents.
Here are some guidelines from the Ontario Driver’s Handbook about how to properly proceed through a four-way (all-way) stop and how to properly yield the right-of-way:
At an intersection without signs or lights, you must yield the right-of-way to a vehicle approaching the intersection before you and if you arrive at the same time, the vehicle approaching from the right has the right-of-way.
At an intersection with stop signs at all corners, you must yield the right-of-way to the first vehicle to come to a complete stop. If two vehicles stop at the same time, the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right.
At any intersection where you want to turn left or right, you must yield the right-of-way. If you are turning left, you must wait for approaching traffic to pass or turn and for pedestrians in or approaching your path to cross. If you are turning right, you must wait for pedestrians to cross if they are in or approaching your path. You should also check your blind spot for cyclists approaching from behind, particularly in a bike lane to your right, on a sidewalk or a trail. A yield sign means you must slow down or stop if necessary and yield the right-of-way to traffic in the intersection or on the intersecting road.
When entering a road from a private road or driveway, you must yield to vehicles on the road and pedestrians on the sidewalk.
You must yield the right-of-way and wait for pedestrians to completely cross the road at specially marked pedestrian crossings or crossovers and school crossings with crossing guards.
Remember, signalling does not give you the right-of-way and you must make sure the way is clear before advancing towards an intersection.