Raleigh - Drivers in the Oxford area need to pay attention to a change in the traffic setup for the intersection of Huntsboro Road/Tabbs Creek Road and Salem Road as it was switched to a permanent four-way stop today. In the past, vehicles in both directions on Huntsboro Road/Tabbs Creek Road had to stop, but traffic on Salem Road could travel through the intersection.
The conversion was made following an NCDOT safety study that determined traffic volumes at the intersection and other factors warranted installing stop signs on Salem Road. In addition to the signs, crews installed "stop ahead" pavement markings to help warn motorists of the new traffic pattern. And the existing flasher for this location now flashes red for all directions.
Message boards and signs will remain on site for a week to remind motorists of the new traffic pattern.
As drivers approach an all-way stop intersection, they are advised to follow these right of way rules:
The first vehicle to the intersection has the right of way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived;
When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way;
The vehicle with the right of way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;
When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must yield. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right of way; and
Even with the right of way, remember to use the appropriate turn signals and be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles and/or pedestrians.
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