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Long Lines Await Traffic Offenders in Chapel Hill

Posted June 6, 2007 7:34 p.m. EDT

— 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.