Motorists warned to stop at intersections

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Motorists going through intersections without yielding were in for a surprise on Sunday as police cracked down on the illegal practice which they said have resulted in many traffic accidents.
On Sunday, dozens of drivers were pulled off the road and issued a stern warning by a single police officer who carried out the traffic check.
Sergeant Kenny McBurnie of the traffic department of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and
Barbuda said motorists are not adhering to the road code.
Drivers, who upon reaching the T-junction outside the Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology (ABIIT) and the old U.S. Navy Base, and other intersections are required to stop at that point.
However, those drivers who proceeded through the intersection without stopping, or those who slowed down without coming to a complete stop were pulled off the road.
“This has become the common trend, not only at that intersection [by ABIIT], and even when persons are exiting from minor roads it is almost like it is the intention of the drivers not to stop, however, there are occasions when they are forced to stop and they create an obstruction and impede the flow of traffic,” McBurnie told OBSERVER media.
The crackdown came a week after a heavy-duty truck smashed into a passenger bus on the Sir George Walter Highway.
Eighteen passengers were in the bus, which travels the Coolidge route from the West Bus Terminal when a loaded truck reportedly swerved from another vehicle and ran into the bus on Wednesday.
“I don’t know what drivers are thinking. It is either they are forcing drivers to let them out by proceeding at a particular speed or they are hoping that when they get to that intersection there are no oncoming vehicles. But, I need drivers to know that the three seconds they save will not throw off their time,” he said.
The Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board has been refreshing faded markings on some roads or marking newly resurfaced roads that did not have the lanes, shoulders, no parking and stop signs clearly identified.
Drivers, for the most part, have had to rely on standing street signs around Antigua and Barbuda, many of which are also missing or knocked down.

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