After speeding, passing a stop sign or yield sign is one of the more commonly issued traffic tickets.
If you are issued a traffic ticket in Western New York outside of the City of Buffalo, your ticket will usually be handled in the local city, town or village court.
In the City of Buffalo itself, there is a special administrative court dedicated solely to the prosecution of traffic tickets.
Unless otherwise directed by a police officer, all vehicles are required to stop when approaching a stop sign.
Once stopped, the driver is then required to yield the right of way to any traffic in the intersection or so close to the intersection that it would pose a hazard upon entering.
It does not matter if there is no traffic approaching, the driver is still required to stop.
In the case of yield signs, drivers are required to slow down when approaching an intersection.
If there is a pedestrian or traffic either in the intersection or so close that it would be hazardous to enter the intersection, the driver is required to yield the right of way to the pedestrian or traffic.
vzWhile it is legal to pass a yield sign without stopping, if an accident occurs and the driver did not stop, the burden is on that driver to prove that failure to yield at a yield sign was not the cause of the accident.
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