Crash raises questions about need for stop light

ADA COUNTY, Idaho (KBOI) -- Debris along the roadside from a two-car crash
bears grim witness to the violent impact of Monday night's collision that sent three people to the hospital.

Some people who drive in the area of the intersection of Highway 16, where the speed limit is 65 mph, and Floating Feather Road say the intersection needs a stop light.

As we looked into the process of getting a stop light at the intersection, the first thing we learned was nobody has ever formally requested one. (Photos from Monday's Crash >>>)

We found it's relatively easy to request that a stop light be placed at a certain location -- simply make the request to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).

But after that, things get a little more complicated.

The ITD begins a study of the traffic volume of the location as well as the speed limit and the history of accidents. Unfortunately, law enforcement confirms many serious accidents have happened at this specific intersection.

But then comes the hardest part.

"Let's say you go through this process, and they find a stop sign is warranted," said ITD spokesman Reed Hollinshead. "Then you still have to compete for funding with everything else in the entire state."

But the question of public safety could move a project to the top of the competitive list and a final decision would be made by the eight-member Idaho Transportation Board.