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Police Try to Curb Garner Cut-Through

Posted March 28, 2008 5:39 p.m. EDT
Updated March 28, 2008 7:00 p.m. EDT

— 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.