Q: I have a question that I hope you can answer. Is there any law regarding the distance a car should stop behind another car stopped for red light? My husband scares me to death because he gets so close to the car in front of us before stopping. He gets mad if I say anything. Can you help? – Crystal

A: Probably not since I’m not a licensed marriage therapist but I sometimes have to play one on calls.

Unfortunately for you I could not find any criminal codes that told how far drivers should stop behind other drivers. The only issue covered under Idaho code talks only about where the driver in front of the pack needs to stop.

Drivers stopping for a stop sign need to abide with Idaho code 49-807 which reads: every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop: (a) at a clearly marked stop line, or (b) before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or © at the point nearest the intersecting highway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting highway before entering it.

After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the intersection or junction of highways.

I have been told that in civil matters being parked to close to another driver involved in a crash could put that driver partially at fault, reducing any costs associated with getting a vehicle fixed.

A rule of thumb I try use when I stop behind vehicles at stop signs or stop lights is to stop so that I can still see the tires on the vehicle in front of me. This also allows the driver, in front, time to stop if they are driving a vehicle with a clutch on an inclined stop and they missed the gear.

I will say for the drivers out there who like to stop as close as they can to the vehicle in front, you won’t get where you’re going faster by stopping closer to the vehicle in front.

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