To stop or not to stop; that is the question

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  1. In my neighbourhood, people tend to feel if they don’t see a car in the intersecting street they keep going. This is at a sign closest to my home, where my kids wait for their school bus, most motorists while my kids are there ROLL, or stop after the white line by a full car length. True sometimes the white line is too far back to see clearly so you must advance a little to see (often at parking lot exits), but not here. In fact when my neighbourhood was newer there was no stop here, we got one right after a car slammed a house on the corner opposite the bus stop. One of my friends was the vehicle they swerved to avoid which was turning at the intersection. They (the house hitter) actually attempted to sue them.
    The street is zoned at 40km/h most speed above that, this car was doing close to 100km/h also known at 88ft/second or the distance across the intersection and into the house. They denied this on site saying they did only 50km/h or 44ft/second which would have allowed them to stop and not hit anything. Lights were also a factor though it was a bright sunny day, the house hitting car was grey and blended into the pavement landscape ahead so speed was not easily guaged. Light travels faster than cars, visibility matters, it did here. My friend may not have thought they could turn if it was more visible, and the car may not have hit the house if they weren’t turning, but they were speeding over double the posted limit which would have resulted in a collision anywhere. The house was actually just sold, the new owner’s insurance had to repair it.

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