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The intersection at 169th Avenue and County Road 107 has proven to be a dangerous one. There are stop signs located on the north and south sides of County 107. For some reason, vehicles traveling north or south on 169th Ave. do not stop. They sail right through the stop sign.
Traveling east and west on County 107, I always slow down because I cannot trust the traffic coming from the other direction. There have been too many times when many of us have been close to a crash.
A few weeks ago, a neighbor’s son was not so lucky. He and his fiancée were T-boned at the intersection.
What does it take to make people STOP at the stop sign?
Traveling south on 169th Ave., there is a warning sign that a stop sign is ahead.
After the accident, the stop sign at the intersection has been turned slightly to make it more visible, plus there is now a vertical, red, reflective strip on the inside post of the sign.
There are two stop signs located on the south side of the intersection. One of the signs now has a vertical, red, reflective strip as well.
Also, to improve the situation, there should be some tree and brush trimming taking place soon.
I have spoken with the township and the county people, and they are looking for even more ways to improve this intersection.
I think we all need to do our part – wherever we see a stop sign, STOP!