No Middle Ground When Comes To The STOP Sign

No Middle Ground When Comes To The STOP Sign

May 17, 2011
When comes for a driver to stop at the STOP sign here in Aurora there is no middle ground. What I mean, drivers either do not stop or go out of their way to stop and back the car to make an extra space for the pedestrian to cross the road.

Let me talk about the illegal act first – an act of no stopping on the STOP sign. Just to add – not just illegal act, but dangerous act at the same time. Eight times of out of ten, whenever I cross street with my child, drivers do not stop. They cut me off and turn their heads other way. If the driver cannot look into your eyes, then he/she knows its wrong. Then why do it?

This is a STOP sign!

As a result, I don’t trust STOP signs any more. When I see a car coming, I wait. Some stop for me, a small population of drives; and some – not even a rolling stop. The small population of good drivers sometimes waits for me to get to the STOP sign, some back their car to make more space.

Wouldn’t be just nice if everyone did stop. It is a shame to even write this post. We all passed the driving test where stopping on the STOP sign and RED light is a must. Why do we stop during the test, and why not on the real road? May be we all need a reminder – How to Stop at a STOP Sign. Simply, when I am at the STOP sign first, I have the right of way.

Well I carry my weapon with me – my camera. Should I or should I not use it, that is the question? I don’t think it is my job to do the policing. My job now it to watch my back.

About the Author

Anna Lozyk Romeo

I am living in Aurora and this is my photo journal blog. A picture says 1000 words - but not always, so I write. You don't have to travel 1000 miles to find a treasure - all I have to do is zoom through my lens and I will find it for you here in Aurora.


  1. Yes, use the camera! I always stop at a STOP sign, and I’m even more diligent if I see people who look like they might want to cross the road. But I see lots of drivers who don’t stop. They come to a rolling slow down, and then take off..


    I have had similar issues when living and visiting in Aurora. But it also isn’t just an Aurora issue, the same thing occurs in Richmond Hill and when I go to work in Toronto. People are just to hurried to care anymore. Bust out the camera and start shooting at your targets…er…I mean taking photos of the offenders.

  3. Thanks Shammy.
    I was thinking to take my telephoto lens and point at the stop signs, lol, and see how fast everyone will stop.
    Digital camera technology came very handy and useful for catching a crime.

    Anna :)

  4. Michael, I think that police should switch gears a little and start pointing their radar guns at the stop signs.
    So I guess I got a go ahead from you, lol, I will be then loading my weapon.

    Anna :)

  5. I’m actually very impressed with the York Regional Police. I know that they focus on drivers that roll through stops in my neighborhood on a regular basis. Particularly during school drop off times and pick up times. Love that I see them parked near Yonge and St. John’s waiting speeders flying over the McKenzie Marsh bridge too.

  6. I am impressed with them too, however, those little streets get abused the most I find. We don’t have many in our subdivision, only the one that I think comes for lunch, lol, most of the time. Butterfly, do you have blog I can visit you? I feel bad seeing you always here and commenting, and I give nothing in return.

    Anna :)