Stop signs good response to accidents

Stop signs good response to accidents

In response to the Feb. 25 letter from Ellen Nuss, the Champaign County Board, of which I am the chair, has discussed the problem of vehicular crashes at rural intersections for some time. These discussions included the desire to reduce the number of crashes.

The installation of stop signs has historically significantly reduced the number of crashes at intersections that lack signage indicating the right of way. Stop signs give a clear indication of the right of way at intersections.

Recently, the county received a Highway Safety Improvement Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration through the Illinois Department of Transportation to install two-way stop sign control at all of the rural intersections within Champaign County. The installation of the stop signs should be initiated this summer.

As far as a "mandate," the board has mandated that the highway department spend the funding for what it is supposed to used for — in this case, the installation of stop signs for increasing safety.

County taxes are being used to pay for 10 percent of this $336,000 project.

The local match, plus the prorated federal taxes that Champaign County citizens pay for this project, amount to a little over 16 cents per county citizen — a very small cost to increase the safety of rural drivers.

C. PIUS WEIBEL

Chairman, Champaign County Board

Champaign