May 8, 2012


One of the things that has ticked me off about living in this otherwise-very-nice state is how messed up they are about two-way stops.

Back when I was a youngster in Colorado, we learned that if you are driving toward a stop sign but across the street from you at the other stop sign is a driver sitting there waiting to turn left, you would let him/her go first because that is the right thing to do law and you are not some ‘I gotta go first’ jerk. It made me crazy because here in Nebraska that man/lady would try to wave me through with an irritated look and I would yell inside my car, “GO! You were there first!” I have thought several times about writing a grumpy letter to the editor about it.

Well, someone else wrote a letter. To tell me that – gulp – I am wrong. (Oh, how it pains me to say those words.)

It turns out that ‘left goes last’ is the law in this state! That is insane!!! Who do I write to to change this craziness?

Chaps my hide.

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9 Responses to “WRONG.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    The law he quoted doesn’t say anything about stop signs. It says what we all do: if you’re turning across traffic, wait until it’s clear. If someone is stopped at a stop sign, it would seem to me that the way would be clear.

    Here is the law about stop signs:
    At four way stop signs, all have “a duty to use ordinary care”. Maybe that means “first goes first”, or maybe that means “left goes last”. But I don’t see it explicitly said…


  2. Deborah Said on:

    This is confusing. It makes no sense that that left goes last at stop signs. You could be there forever.


  3. Gretchen Said on:

    I’m not even reading the article. I am constantly confused about right-of-way here all the time and I don’t want to befuddle my driving skills any more than they are already befuddled.


  4. Beth Said on:

    I’m with Brad. The quoted law doesn’t even mention stop signs. And the quoted driving instructor is probably a native to this town who is teaching what is practiced, not what is accurate.

    This sounds like something Lloyd might investigate further and write a rebuttal.


  5. Peggy Said on:

    Well, I hope there’s never 2 people both making lefts at your 2 way stops. The traffic will back up to the east coast!

    I agree, it’s whoever gets there 1st, goes. I have the opposite frustration here with 4 way stops. People just don’t pay attention to when they pulled up & go whenever….before it’s their turn. I’ve thought about getting out of my car before to say “Really? You just pulled up. You didn’t see the other 3 of us waiting? Who do you think you are? ^&*$ %$#*#!!”


  6. Curt Said on:

    “It’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous.”


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