Sign Confuses Drivers Onto Western Boulevard

Posted September 3, 2004 5:25 a.m. EDT

— Motorists depend on road signs to give the right information, but what if the sign was wrong and it put you in trouble with the police? That is exactly what happened at a busy Raleigh intersection.

Engineers with the city street department admit that after a recent median sodding, the sign was put back up facing the wrong direction. Crews later put up a new sign facing the right direction. However, that was not the end of the sign problem.

One driver who was stopped at 4:45 p.m. Sept. 1 said a Raleigh police officer gave him a warning citation for turning left from Western Boulevard onto Nazareth Street.

"That was a mistake and the city certainly apologizes for that," said Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker.

Meeker said several drivers got warnings. The good news for those drivers is that Raleigh police do not keep records of the warnings, so no one will have a bad mark on their record for the badly placed sign.

"Western Boulevard is a big project. There are lots of things going on and of course, that sign got in the wrong place for several days, but now it's taken care of," Meeker said.

If you received a warning ticket on Western Boulevard at Nazareth Street during the last two weeks, you can contact Raleigh police if you have questions.