I've been in Asheville for about five years, and I've noticed that, within the last year or so, motorists have largely decided to ignore stop signs. Dedicated motorists [used to] actually pull up to a stop sign, stop, look and then go. Not so any more, and in an alarming number of cases.
Mostly I see the cars cruise through a stop sign, sometimes slowing a bit and sometimes not slowing at all. Not a safe thing to do, but that is the case all too often. Not sure if it's the distraction of the phone call or texting, or maybe everybody is just in that much of a hurry. But, thank heavens, they do make it all up at yield signs.
Evidently, many people don't know any more about yield signs than they do about the center turn lane. The new roundabout in the [River] Arts District is the perfect example. An awful lot of the cars approaching the yield signs come to a complete stop, look both ways and still aren't real sure about what's supposed to happen. And then [they] wait for an inordinate amount of time before crawling through and into the circle.
Maybe we should all go back to driving school for a refresher — or maybe it all just evens itself out.
— Bill Meller