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Browne's Addition yield signs to be removed

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Does a yield sign make that much of a difference? 

After a plan to take them out of a Browne's Addition neighborhood become public, KHQ got an earful from folks who live there and are worried that this is an accident waiting to happen. 

There's a notice posted below the yield signs saying they'll be removed next month, but Heather Marriette thinks that will make it more dangerous. 

"I almost get hit daily and I don't want a kid to get hit," says Marriette.  "That would be devastating."

Several yield signs along 2nd Ave. in Browne's Addition will be taken down on June 13th.  That includes the ones controlling traffic flow near a busy supermarket and a popular park. 

The Department of Transportation says they were never supposed to be there in the first place, but Marriette believes removing them will be a bad idea. 

"There's little ones around here that will be in the park and they'll just fly out," says Marriette.  "A ball or frisbee will go out and they'll just go following it and not really pay attention to the cars, and the cars REALLY don't pay attention to the kids."

She thinks by making them uncontrolled intersections, drivers will have nothing preventing them from going too fast without time for pause.    

"They don't stop there," says Marriette, unless you're pretty much in the middle of the intersection, they just fly through." 

Marriette says if she had her way the yield signs would stay.  "I think they do make a big difference."

According to the Dept. of Transportation the yield signs that are being taken down used to be along a bus route that is no longer an active route.  Normally in a residential area drivers are supposed to yield to whoever is on the right. 

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