Police go over rules for right-of-way and 4-way stops

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) We went to the intersection of University and Ralston to see how drivers were handling the four-way stop. Specifically, what happens when four cars from each direction arrive all at once?

But the first thing we noticed before all the intricacies is; some drivers just flat-out ignored the first rule of stop.

“You have to stop. Stop means stop. It does not mean slow, look both directions and keep driving through,” says Officer Tim Broadway with the Reno Police Department.

We checked Nevada law, and even the driver's handbook. What we found is Nevada law does not really give driver the right of way--rather drivers must do everything they can to avoid an accident.

Typically drivers believe the person to the right should go first. That is written into state statute on a two-way stop and it's probably a good rule of thumb on a four-way stop as well.

“Again it goes back to common sense. Pure patience on the part of the driver,” says Broadway.

The rules of the road change when cars are facing each other, and a driver wants to turn in front of the other. That driver must yield to the car passing through the intersection.

If an emergency vehicle enters the 4-way intersection all cars must yield to the lights and siren.

Someone wants to use the crosswalk, the pedestrian has the right of way.

While failure to yield is a misdemeanor, failure to yield causing an accident can mean increased fines, demerits and increased insurance costs.

Failure to yield is the leading cause of accidents in Nevada.