New flashing stop signs target Groves drivers

Published 10:32 am Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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GROVES — Two busy intersections in Groves now sport some eye-catching stop signs in the hopes of preventing crashes.

From his office at city hall, Groves City Manager Kevin Carruth has a good view of the intersection at 39th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

While there are stop signs at the intersection he has seen motorists breeze though without stopping.

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Another trouble spot is just blocks away on 39th Street at Cleveland Avenue. Motorists sometimes ignore the sign there as well, he said.

“Short of writing a bunch of tickets or reinstating the traffic signal that used to be there we decided to look for something to bring more attention to the drivers,” Carruth said.

Groves Interim City Marshal Chris Robin said some of what police are seeing is people move past the traffic light at 39th Street and Main Avenue toward the one at Lincoln and beyond and likely become absent minded by then. Then there are the ones who see the red light to stop and may be a little impatient and not come to a full stop or just “slow roll” through the intersections.

“We have had some instances where it was very, very close and some instances where a golf cart may be in danger,” Robin said.

Most people tend to get into a routine while driving and this carries over to the stop sign issue, he said.

To grab the attention of motorists the city ordered and installed four solar powered, flashing LED light stop signs.

The signs made their debut last week with two on 39th Street at Lincoln and two on 39th Street at Cleveland.

The cost for the signs is $1,445 each.

The signs could be considered a pilot project to see how effective they are, Carruth said.

Since the attention-grabbing stop signs are only recently installed it may take some time to see how much of a difference they are making.