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Does "STOP" painted on the road have legal effect?

Annapolis, MD |

White line with "STOP" painted on road. No stop sign or traffic signal. Can you be ticketed for not stopping, or is this basically a fake stop sign?

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It depends in part on who painted it.

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All I know is it wasn't me.


I doubt its a fake stop sign. It doesnt sound like something from the state of Maryland or a county.i would need to see a picture .I think you have an arguement against ticketing.

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It depends. To be a properly placed traffic control device, it must be placed by the political subdivision that has jurisdiction.

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