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Police Try to Curb Garner Cut-Through

Posted March 28, 2008

— Police have stepped up patrols in a neighborhood after residents complained shoppers were using their streets as a short-cut between local big-box stores.

Officers have issued 80 tickets since Monday to drivers in the Greenbrier Estates subdivision, primarily fro speeding and failing to stop at stop signs.

The move came after residents complained that people were using Winterlochen Road to cut between the Target on Timber Drive off U.S. Highway 70 and the Wal-Mart and Kmart off U.S. Highway 401.

"(I'm) just watching traffic here and seeing how many people do or do not stop for stop signs," said Donnie Bowen, who has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years.

A WRAL News crew counted three cars running a stop sign at Winterlochen Road and Vesta Drive within minutes of each other, including one driver who did it twice.

Area residents said they are most concerned by the fact that the problem escalates in the afternoon as schools dismiss.

The town is conducting a traffic-calming study to see what can be done to slow drivers down, and police said they plan to continue patrolling the neighborhood.


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  • cttxnc Mar 31, 2008

    Garner Police have given out 80 tickets in 4 days. My family have been stopped 3 times in the last week. This weekend I stopped looked both ways and went and I got a ticket for running the stop sign in this area. Tried to talk to the officer and explain that I did stop but I still got a ticket. 80 tickets at $170 each ($50 for the fine & $120 for court cost) Garner has just made $13600.00 Looks like they have found a way to pay for the road construction in that area.

    What they are not saying is that the plan is to make these streets one way and they I am sure they will be given tickets for driving the wrong way also.

    I have lived in this area for over 11 years and I am very disappointed in the way that Garner is handling this!!!! If they have an issue with Raleigh putting the super stores so close together they have should have voiced it early. Not take it out on the people who live in the area.

  • BE Mar 28, 2008

    A good traffic-calming program is to issue tickets to people who do not know how to or refuse to behave themselves. I think most citizens are sick and tired of speeders, red light runners and agressive drivers who think the road belong to them and no one else.