Raeford - To improve safety, workers will convert two Hoke County intersections into four-way stops later this month.
The two intersections are at Rockfish and South Parker Church roads, and at N.C. 211 and Shannon Road. Both now have two-way stop signs.
Weather permitting, they will become four-way stops on Tuesday, July 25.
To alert drivers of the impending change, the N.C. Department of Transportation temporarily has installed warning signs on Rockfish Road and N.C. 211, which do not have stop signs at those two intersections.
In addition, NCDOT will place message boards for 30 days after the intersections are improved that remind drivers to stop. Pavement markings will be upgraded, too.
Flag workers will handle traffic through the intersections while the work is performed.
According to a statewide study, intersections converted to all-way stops showed a 68 percent reduction in crashes, with a 77 percent drop in crashes involving injuries or fatalities.
As a reminder, drivers approaching stop signs should follow these rules:
The first vehicle at the intersection has the right of way;
When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way and may go straight or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;
When two facing vehicles approach an intersection simultaneously, 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; and
Even with the right of way, drivers should remember to use appropriate turn signals and watch for pedestrians and other vehicles.