Ask Joe: What can be done about an unsafe traffic situation in Damonte Ranch?

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Updated: 6/16/2014 6:23 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- One of our viewers had a concern about an unsafe traffic situation in Damonte Ranch and is wondering what can be done about it. He was so concerned, in fact, that he caught it on video and is now enlisting the help of social media to raise awareness.

Concerned viewer Kevin Ashton says he filmed video at the intersection of Damonte Ranch and Old Virginia Road. "As you will see, 90% of the cars run the stop sign."

After watching the video, it does appear most people are ignoring the stop sign. Because this is City of Reno territory, Joe checked with officer Tim Broadway at the Reno Police Department.

Broadway encourages citizens to call the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-INFO (4636) with any concerns over traffic violations and request traffic officers perform a service request to start citing people for any infractions. Broadway also says concerned citizens may call the street department to see if signage can make the situation safer.


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wmgsmom - 6/17/2014 8:29 PM
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A stop sign means stop whether you think it should be there or not. Before the change there was no yield sign. There was just the existing traffic light and no dedicated turn lane. There is also a right turn lane that was added before you get to this one that turns into a road that goes in front of Truckee Meadows Station 14. There is also a stop sign in front of the station that drivers completely ignore. I don't even see the logic in adding that road. If anything it should be for the fire department's exclusive use when returning to station.

Kramer - 6/17/2014 4:44 PM
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All his is just payback for so many people who were stuck at a red light (even with a dedicated lane) at N MacCarran/395 -where RPD just preyed on Rturners- and off I-80 at W MacCarran (again, a dedicated lane). gee duh, this ain't California, let's just write 'em a ticket.

Kramer - 6/17/2014 4:41 PM
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Hey nJoe, the off-ramp onto Villanova from Sbound 580 (not far from Nv4 World HQ) also has a Yield sign; where it appears that a signal and a painted Rturn lane make this redundant. The signal controls all traffic coming off the freeway(1 word) at an intersection. This suggests we should all just "trade" (don't steal) signs.

oldguyincc - 6/17/2014 1:52 PM
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People should stop, since it is a "STOP" sign. But why is it a stop sign, instead of a "YIELD" sign? Most other intersections with this type of turn lane are marked "YIELD". Why is this intersection singled out? The video showed that there isn't a lot of traffic going through on the cross street

Patty - 6/17/2014 9:56 AM
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This is a good place to give out tickets. Then maybe they will look at the signs better and stop.

Denton - 6/17/2014 7:50 AM
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I would agree, a YIELD sign should be used there. Look at all the cars that went and not even a close accident. I see people go through red lights, and not yield to pedestrians in crosswalks all the time now that is a way bigger problem.

JacobD - 6/16/2014 8:26 PM
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This is a new addition to this intersection and that stop sign should say YIELD. If you stop its not helping the problem at all. You could be rear ended. The whole reason this new lane was added was to ease congestion getting off the free way. People no longer have to wait at the light to turn right. They just get in the new lane and ignore the sign and act as if it is a YIELD. I do the same and there's nothing wrong with it.

tmariehoward - 6/16/2014 7:31 PM
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I believe the reason people are running this stop sign is the fact that before this intersection was reconfigured it was a yield situation. I don't even use that turn any longer since the stop sign was added because I have almost been hit twice (rear ended) stopping there. Thankfully the people saw me there and slammed on the breaks squealing their tires to avoid me. I don't think people are aware of the change or are just in the habit of yielding. In my opinion it should have been left as a yield instead of a stop sign. I wonder how many rear end accidents have happened there since the stop sign was put in. It is not real safe to stop there without keeping your eyes in the read view looking for people who are going to hit you.

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