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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