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A recent article about drivers stopping past the white line at red-light intersections got me to thinking about how people on Long Island treat stop signs ["Avoid red-light tickets, stay behind white line," News, Sept. 29].

In New Jersey, where I grew up and began driving, we were taught to stop at the stop sign, with our front bumper behind the white line.

It seems that on Long Island people are taught not to stop until their rear tires have crossed the white line -- that is, if they even consider stopping at all.

William J. Van Sickle, Brentwood

I am dismayed that people don't know to stop before the white line. I would imagine this information must be in driver training handbooks. That a person has to stop behind the line is so obvious. Why else would there be white lines?

I see people screeching to a halt at stop signs, and blocking the crosswalk. Same thing with stopping before turning right on red. This behavior doesn't allow a pedestrian, who has a "walk" sign, to cross until the car moves.

I stop behind the white lines, and then I move up to look for safe passage. I have been hit from behind, beeped at, and yelled and cursed at. I joke that I will get a bumper sticker that says, "Danger! This driver stops at red lights and stop signs."

Jerry Schreibersdorf, Douglaston

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