Madden Bill Would Require All Motorists To Make A Complete Stop At Stop Sign

Measure Repeals Provision Allowing Vehicles to Enter & Proceed Through Stop Intersection Without Stopping Twice

TURNERSVILLE, NJ – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred Madden which would repeal the provision under current law which allows vehicles, under certain conditions, to proceed through a stop intersection without stopping passed the Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee today.

“This legislation will add to the safety of the State’s roads by providing a driver with more time to see oncoming traffic and pedestrians,” said Senator Madden (D-Gloucester, Camden). “While no one piece of legislation will dramatically reverse the trend of rising traffic and pedestrian fatalities, this legislation adds another level of safety by requiring that all motorist make a complete stop regardless of the circumstances.”

This bill would repeal the current provision which allows one or more vehicles entering a stop intersection following directly in line with another vehicle that has come to a complete stop to proceed without again coming to a complete stop at the stop sign. Under the legislation, drivers would have to come to a complete stop before entering the intersection, regardless of whether they had previously stopped in line behind a vehicle at the intersection.

The measure, S-1244 was released from committee by a vote of 8 to 3 and now heads to the full Assembly for consideration. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 36-1 on 5/18/2006.

The Fourth Legislative District includes the towns of Clementon, Laurel Springs, Lindenwold, Gloucester Township, Franklin Township, Glassboro, Monroe Township, Newfield, Pitman and Washington Township.

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