We recently received an inquiry from a Member about ‘the three seconds rule’ that sparked some debate on our Facebook page. Does it legally apply when stopping at a stop sign or line?
There is no 3 seconds rule. When stopping at a stop sign or stop line you need to come to a stop at or before the stop line (or intersection if there is no stop line), look and then give way to vehicles and/or pedestrians. Once it is safe, proceed.
Part 7 of Road Rules 2014 covers giving way.
67 Stopping and giving way at a stop sign or stop line at an intersection without traffic lights (1) A driver at an intersection with a stop sign or stop line, but without traffic lights, must stop and give way in accordance with this rule. Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units. (2) The driver must stop as near as practicable to, but before reaching: (a) the stop line, or (b) if there is no stop line-the intersection. This rule is also applies for 68 Stopping and giving way at a stop sign or stop line at other places Chances are if you’ve ever driven past the white line or into the intersection without stopping first, you’ve already committed an offence, which can attract a fine of $325 and 3 demerits points, or $433 and 4 demerit points in school zones. Have you seen other motorists break this rule?
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