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5:45 PM, Mar. 5, 2014  |  Comments
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Question: I recently moved to Wausau from a small town and I have noticed that all of the intersections in my neighborhood are controlled by stop signs. My previous town lacked much of this "control," especially in residential areas. Why is Wausau different?

Answer: In the mid-1980s, Wausau experimented with stop signs at selected residential intersections with a history of high crash rates. The experiment was designed to last 90 days, but the city found that the stop signs cut crash rates by 75 to 90 percent at these locations. This significant reduction led to a general move toward controlling all intersections in the city. While elimination of all intersection related traffic crashes is a lofty goal, simply having controlled intersections will not alleviate all human errors, but it does lead to the predictability of the other driver and has improved intersection safety considerably in the city.

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