Q: I sure hope you can help. Several days ago I walked out of Meijer and was almost hit by a car that wasn’t paying attention who went right through the stop sign! Isn’t there something the police can do about people refusing to stop?

A: Unfortunately, in the state of Indiana, police officers can only enforce fire lane and handicapped parking violations on private property. Speed limit and stop signs put up by businesses are an attempt to make their lots safer for travel, but have no penalty if ignored. We may only enforce stop, yield and speed zones on private property if it involves an accident. Dictated by the preponderance of the evidence at the accident scene, if the police officer believes the accident occurred due to the disregard of a sign, a ticket may be issued. This includes accidents involving pedestrians.

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