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Long Lines Await Traffic Offenders in Chapel Hill

Posted June 6, 2007

— More than 700 people were on the court's docket Thursday -- many who waited in long lines outside Chapel Hill's old post office, where traffic court is currently held in Orange County.

The long lines are no surprise to District Court Judge Joe Buckner.

"There's a good way to avoid standing in that line, and that's to look at your speedometer and make sure your digital readout is below the posted speed limit," Buckner said.

Buckner says the average number of traffic cases is up an average 26,000 a year-- in the last 15 years, jumping from about 10,000 in 1990 to 36,000 in 2006.

Buckner said he is less concerned about the length of the lines and more worried about who is in them. He would like to see better resources to give special attention to repeat offenders.

"People who have multiple traffic charges and/or multiple traffic conditions -- the we get a good look at them."

Buckner supports a recent move by district attorney's across the state who recently lobbied lawmakers for more resources.


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  • Joshua Jun 8, 2007

    "People who have multiple traffic charges and/or multiple traffic conditions -- the we get a good look at them."

    Is this a cryptic form of pig-latin?

  • party pooper Jun 8, 2007

    Ummm heres an idea if you don't want to wait in line. DON'T GET THE TICKET TO BEGIN WITH! Everybody in that line deserves the headache from it.

  • whiskers on kitten Jun 8, 2007

    either I am reading this wrong or you all are. It says for speeding not parking tickets.

  • mindyourown Jun 7, 2007

    ABBOTT, you hit the nail on the head, couldn't have said it better myself, but I'm going to say it anyway..STUPIDY SHOULD BE PAINFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! (I think I like that, can I use your statement more than once, I think it suffices to many situations?!)(THANKS!) :)

  • ERRN Jun 7, 2007

    Why would you go to court for a parking ticket, just pay the darn thing.

  • tired of whiners Jun 7, 2007

    hpr641-just how do you suggest the Court system seperates the cases. every case is in abc order-no resources to run offenders records ahead of time

  • abbott Jun 7, 2007

    oops, I meant, if you didn't do something wrong.

  • abbott Jun 7, 2007

    I thought the judge was right on the money...you wouldn't be in this long line if you weren't didn't do something wrong. Stupidity should be painful.

  • turkeydance Jun 7, 2007

    please remember: this is Chapel Hill. traffic court always has
    multiple parking ticket violations/violators. the only laws
    which are consistently and stringently enforced are the
    parking laws.

  • GoSpursGo Jun 7, 2007

    So why does everyone stand in line, do that many people get their tickets excused? Why not just send in the money for the ticket and be done with it?