Those Annoying California Stops In The Metro

It seems to be common practice in the Metro, drivers rolling through stop signs without making a complete stop.

Residents in many neighborhoods complain to police about drivers who make so called "California Stops" on residential streets with seeming disregard for others.

"We see it all the time, they come down the hill here and don't stop," said Bob Lookabill who has lived in his Council Bluffs neighborhood for over forty years.

He and other concerned neighbors have registered complaints with Council Bluffs Police about a stop sign that is designed to slow the traffic flow onto Locust Lodge Avenue.

Our WOWT 6 News camera recorded numerous drivers who rolled through the stop sign without stopping.

"The only way for this to be cured is for people to know consequences of running a stop sign, and that has to be a ticket," said Dennis Kirlin who has also lived in the neighborhood more than forty years.

Council Bluffs Police have staked out the area and issued tickets.

"Unfortunately it's become a big problem in Omaha," said Omaha Police Sgt. Tony Gutierrez.

"The law requires a complete stop which is a complete cessation of movement and then the driver has to look both ways."

WOWT 6 News set up a camera at a busy 4-way stop intersection at 52nd and Cuming in Omaha. In a span of twenty minutes we counted 77 cars that went through the intersection, 55 of the drivers failed to make a complete stop.

"Neighbors can call the Mayor's hotline in Omaha 402-444-5546 to make a complaint about problem drivers in their neighborhoods and we will follow up," said Gutierrez. "The fine is $75 plus $48 court costs."

Residents outside of the Omaha city limits can report stop sign issues to local police.


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