What's Bugging You: Dad Says Drivers Don't Stop At Dangerous Intersection

By: Caroline Vandergriff Email
By: Caroline Vandergriff Email

What's bugging you, Mid-Michigan? This week, a father in Mason says a dangerous intersection by his house is what's bugging him.

It's big, it's red, and it should only mean one thing for drivers - stop. But Alex Houpt says it's something cars rarely do at the intersection of E. South and Barnes in Mason.

"We basically sit out there and watch one after another some nights," Houpt said. "It's ridiculous. I mean I live right here. I get to watch it happen everyday."

Houpt says he's keeps a close watch on his two-year-old daughter when she plays outside, but he worries it's only a matter of time before an accident happens.

"My concern is my daughter, a dog, or some innocent bystander just walking across the street, and some guy doesn't even pay attention," said Houpt. "It's going to happen."

News 10's cameras caught cars rolling through the four-way stop again, and again, and again. Houpt says he's called Mason police multiple times and even filed a report about the problem, but understands they can't monitor the intersection all the time.

He's hoping for a more permanent solution, like a blinking light or camera.

"I'd like to see something happen, a lot of tickets to be written and really make the point - you gotta stop," Houpt said.

Mason Police Chief John Stressman says at this point, there's not data to justify the expense of a traffic signal.

"It costs a lot to put up and to operate a traffic signal," Stressman explained. "And honestly there's no need for one at that intersection."

Stressman says the department has an aggressive traffic enforcement policy, and will make sure his officers continute to monitor the situation at South and Barnes as best as they can.

Meantime, Houpt hopes drivers try to put themselves in his shoes.

"Your kid goes out in the road, some guy has to slam on his brakes because he's not even slowing down for the stop sign - how are you going to feel?" Houpt said. "You just have to think about it. There's no second chances for that."

If there's something bugging you in your community, email Caroline Vandergriff at caroline.vandergriff@wilx.com.

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  • by Sherry Location: Stockbridge on Aug 30, 2012 at 05:35 AM
    A couple of well-placed shrubs could help slow people down. I don't know this intersection, but it sounds as though drivers can easily see that there's nothing coming so they roll through it. If they are forced to stop because the visibility is somehow altered, it might make a difference AND would be a lot less expensive. But like I said, since I am not familiar with the area, perhaps not.
  • by Dave Location: Mason on Aug 29, 2012 at 02:39 PM
    Seriously?? I watched that revealing breaking news story showing the 1-2 mph rolling stops that occur at the intersection. I challenge you to find a different intersection anywhere else in the state. While a young parent may have concern for his kids, they should also teach them to stay out of the road. I've been by there daily, and I believe if kids are in the area, more driver concern is exhibited as a general rule. If you truly want a dangerous intersection, go a bit further down the road to Barnes and Kipp where drivers, especially when the high school dismisses, need to put their lives at stake to cross an often busy intersection with POOR visability. True stopping is a necessity there or you die.
  • by Mary Location: 140 E. South Street on Aug 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
    What Mr. Houpt is true! From our house, pictured in the background, we see many, many traffic violations every day. The idea that there isn't enough data to warrant any action on the part of the city is ridiculous. A movie camera could be posted that documents the rolling—and sometimes not even rolling—stops. There seven children living in this immediate neighborhood. We aren't willing to roll the dice on their safety.
  • by D Location: Vogt on Aug 29, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    Good luck authorties in Ingham county won't even put up a blinking light where several people have died! I hope you get the resolution you want.
  • by Sarah Location: Mason on Aug 29, 2012 at 07:17 AM
    I think some of the issue is that Barnes didn't use to have that stop sign and people are use to just driving down Barnes with out having to stop. City of Mason should install a prepare to stop sign with a flashing light someplace before you get to that intersection so people no to stop ahead.
  • by J Location: Michigan on Aug 29, 2012 at 07:08 AM
    Wow! What are you people running through this four way stop thinking? Do you have to main or kill someone to get the point that a four way stop means STOP then proceed? I agree that lots of tickets might make the point...
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Aug 29, 2012 at 06:19 AM
    And tickets do make a dif. exampol Potterville, pepol where flying down Vermontville hwy. in Potterville. Once the police started giving out tickets and doing it over and over they dont speed on that road anymore. Same thing in the rest of that town then ive heard pepol complaining about getting a ticket i say suck it up nansy dont speed and if you do you deserve to get caught.
  • by Greg Location: Holt on Aug 29, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    Simple solution to this kind of problem. Kind of big-brotherish but..... With todays technology pretty easy. Put up a cam to monitor cars(license plates). Send a violation to each owner caught blowing through or "rolling" the stop sign. I think that would solve a lot of problems and cams are probably cheaper that traffic signals now.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2012 at 05:15 AM
    With a two camera system, per stop sign, the county/township could easily issue tickets to all of these vehicles and the owner of the vehicle. Makes it difficult for them to renew plates if they have overdue tickets.
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