What Are Michigan’s Stop and Yield Sign Laws?

What Are Michigan’s Stop and Yield Sign Laws?

by / Friday, 08 November 2013 / Published in Motor Vehicle Accidents, Tips

When you come to a stop sign, you are obligated to come to a complete stop. You need to stop before entering the crosswalk or intersection. Though often overlooked, ensuring that you stop BEFORE the crosswalk significantly reduces your likelihood of a pedestrian-car accident:

(6) Stop signs. Except when directed to proceed by a police officer, the driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is not a crosswalk shall stop at a clearly marked stop line; or if there is not a crosswalk or a clearly marked stop line, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right of way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely on the highway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when the driver would be moving across or within the intersection.

Yield signs are treated like stop signs when there are other cars or pedestrians to stop for. As you approach a yield sign, slow down. Check your surroundings. If you need to stop, then treat the sign as a stop sign and come to a complete stop. Make sure that you stop BEFORE you enter the crosswalk or the intersection:

(4) Yield signs. The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign, in obedience to the sign, shall slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and shall yield the right of way to a vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the driver would be moving across or within the intersection. However, if required for safety to stop, the driver shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if there is not a crosswalk, at a clearly marked stop line; but if there is not a crosswalk or a clearly marked stop line, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway.

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  • Susan Gross

    This does not answer the question I have. If two cars approach stop signs from opposite directions, doesn’t the car that gets there first have the right of way regardless of which is turning and which is going straight? I am not referring to a four-way stop. Everyone agrees on that one.

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