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Readers Tab Stop Sign at Franklin and Pleasant Streets As Most Ignored

Find out what other locations in Stoneham our readers identified as having stop signs that get regularly ignored by drivers.

We asked you, our readers, to identify the most ignored stop sign in Stoneham and you've responded. The most ignored stop sign is the one located at Franklin and Pleasant Streets.

"Franklin and Pleasant is real bad. People just pull out into the middle of the road too," wrote reader Barry C. Also voting for the Franklin and Pleasant Streets stop sign was reader Deborah Gudzevich.

Other stop signs routinely ignored by drivers, according to readers, are: 

  • Corner at Oak and Forest Street
  • Corner of Myopia and Sherwood Road
  • Pine and Hancock Streets
  • High Street at Broadway 
  • Broadway at MacArthur Road
  • Spring & Washington Streets

Do you agree that the stop sign at Franklin and Pleaant Streets is regularly ignored by drivers? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Tara September 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM
I really think there needs to be a police officer with speed radar on Franklin Street!! It is crazy there is a day care, and SHS cars fly down that street! Especially the end near Melrose. I would love my tax dollars being spent by issuing speeding tickets.
Tom M September 17, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Motorists fly on Spring Street heading toward Stoneham at the intesection of Washington. And at Elm Street at the intersection of Washington. Let's take a proactive approach to all ignored stop signs and speeding in our town before we end up in the news like the poor little girl did from Stoughton. To Serve & Protect, am I correct???
Sue McEvoy September 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Sorry, but have A LOT to say: Particularily now, during the school year commute, coming down Washington and trying to take a right, never mind a left onto Spring can be rather dicey. Motorists fly in either direction and with the sun in your eyes looking to the left, pulling out in either direction can be hard. The Traffic Director, who arrives shortly before 7:30am, is often quite helpful but people can be impatient. Franklin Street is aweful!! I purposely go to the light at Summer and Franklin rather than taking Pleasant or Stevens. At Pleasant, you are at the mercy of others letting you out and if a Traffic Director is late or not at Stevens, it's a nightmare. That intersection/area is FAR too congested: students walking on either side, Dunkin Donuts, two driveways for apartment dwellers to try and get out, a daycare center, a convenience store and then SHS. Bless the Traffic Director at Stevens and Franklin as well as the one in front of SHS. Managing all that traffic SAFELY is so important and not an easy job! As I live on MacArthur near Broadway, I see people fly through that intersection constantly! Mostly Broadway onto MacArthur in either direction but often MacArthur in every direction...usually in the morning or at night...concerned due to AP Rounds Park as well as soccer field. Busy area on weekends with soccer season in Fall and then VERY busy area in Spring with t-ball at AP Rounds and soccer.
Sue McEvoy September 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM
NOTE: Please note that the Traffic Director at Stevens and Franklin has a difficult position. She has to stop congested traffic going both ways on Franklin to help students cross, let residents of the apartment building across the street out, and gauge/let out the large amount of traffic that uses Stevens Street, bearing in mind of further backing up traffic on Franklin...not an easy position.
Tom M September 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Motorists have no fear driving today. Stop signs don't mean anything while speed limits & intersections are for the driver with the most guts. I would like to see all traffic violations in our town posted on the Patch daily. Let the residents know a number of violations are issued daily attempting to curb traffic violators.
Janet Schifano September 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I know you are talking about Stop Signs but I need to explain my total frustration with the no turn sign that was put up a few years ago on the corner of Pond Street going out to Spot Pond and the Zoo. Majority of motorists follow the sign but there are way too many motorists who do not follow the sign. When they take the right coming from the right of Pond Street they are taking their live in their hands and the lives of the drivers coming out of Pond Street. The no turn on right was put their for a reason. It is a very dangereous intersection! As a matter of fact I got in an accident on that corner because of someones carelessness. When they do put a police car there, which is not very often, I do not see anyone take the no turn on red.
Tom M September 18, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Janet I hear you. I don't expect out town officals or police officers to be every where at once. But, I do hope and pray that our town officals & police officers are listening/reading to some of the concerned residents of Stoneham via the Patch forum. Usually when a police car shows up every one slows down & obeys the law. Unmarked cars or plain clothes officers or even our elected officials who see just as much as we do could tip off the proper department with what they see in an effort make our town the best. The extra effort by every one will help make our town a safer place to live
Steve Banner September 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Didn't we just have this discussion a few weeks back, Readers Tab Franklin Street Area as Worst Speeding Spot in Stoneham? Any one here noticed any change? Cars still speed all over town. Cars illegally parked. Parents and kids still walk in the middle of the street at the corner of Pine and Hancock to get around cars parked on the sidewalk. Same exact issue here. Cars running stop signs. Illegal turn on red. Either public safety is a priority or it’s not. We need to show the drivers who use our town, citizens and officials take public safety seriously. I think we all know a surrounding town or two that you wouldn’t think of speeding through. Some towns take this serious. Why don’t drivers in our town? Many of the drivers who use Franklin St are probably the same ones every day. If two or three times a week they saw an unmarked cruiser handing out citations, how long do you think it would take before they slowed down next time around? Not long I bet. I don’t think there are a whole lot of drivers who think to themselves “Oh, better not violate any traffic laws driving through Stoneham”. Tom had a great idea. Since we are paying the Town to provide traffic safety, why not let us see the results of those efforts by the way of numbers of violations issued. How many citations have you issued? I think that’s a fair question.
Tom M September 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Yesterday I took my usual walk from Washington to Spring around the time school got out. As cars were flying down Spring in both directions @ the instersection of Washington a young child wanted to cross the street. I watched the crossing guard reluctantly step out on to the street in the crosswalk while vehicles "eventually" stopped for him. I was waiting for a 50 car California Highway style accident to happen. I felt bad for the crossing guard who was trying to do his job in total fear of getting killed. I'll say this much, He don't get paid enough IMO. Which one of our future elected officials are campaining for increased public safety in our Town? Anybody have an answer? .

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