One of our counties true ladies and perhaps one of the most courteous of drivers asked me about an issue perhaps most of us have happen at some point in time. The question was if two people arrive at an intersection at the exact same time and are facing each other, who has the right of way??? Jokingly, I replied it would be who has the biggest vehicle. Actually, that would depend on a few things. If both had stop signs and both intended to go straight ahead then there should be no issue. However, if one driver intends to turn across the path of the other driver the person not turning has the right-of-way. Statute states you may only turn when you can do so with safety. This means any driver not turning has the right-of-way.

Another issue that I have brought up to me often is whether or not it is OK to exceed the speed limit to pass. The answer to that is no. If you must exceed the speed limit to pass then you should not pass. Many people don't like to follow someone who is driving slower than or at the posted speed limit. If you speed to pass and are caught by any police officer the fact that you were passing is no defense to a speeding citation by law.....

Another question posed other day was about where the correct location to stop for a stop sign would be. If at a place where there is a white line or crosswalk just before the intersection then you are to stop just before that line. If there is no line such as rural areas and dirt roads the law states you may stop at the best position where you can have a clear view of the intersection then proceed when it is safe to do so. Sliding into the intersection is a violation !!!

Be safe out there......

Trooper Duane Johnson #280

Oklahoma Highway Patrol