When are stop signs used?
Stop signs are designed to assign and control the right-of-way at locations where the prevailing traffic volumes and reported crash history make assignment of right-of-way desirable. As simple as that may appear on the surface, the decision to install these signs requires careful consideration of engineering criteria.

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1. Why doesn’t the City of Northampton install more stop signs, particularly at 4-way intersections, to reduce speeding and crashes?
2. What are the official guidelines that determine when a stop sign is warranted?
3. When are stop signs used?
4. What are the specific criteria for installing stop signs?
5. What are the specific criteria for installing all-way stops?
6. How does the City of Northampton know whether or not a particular intersection meets the MUTCD warrants?
7. What are the "rules of the road" at Northampton intersections where multi-way stop signs have been installed in accordance with MUTCD warrants?
8. Shouldn't Northampton be allowed to install stop signs where and when it wants, particularly when requested by a neighborhood?
9. Where can I read more information and research on stop signs?