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Police Stepping Up Enforcement at Main Intersections in Buckhannon
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 03, 2012 @ 1:05PM
Created on October 02, 2012 @ 6:49PM
They haven't been up for even a month, but if you ask folks in Buckhannon, many of them are ready for the new stops signs to come down.
"I saw something the other day, right here on this corner, and the guy told her okay, but the guy coming down this way didn't honor that," said Tommy Garis.
"It's really dangerous because people don't really stop for you, and you don't know when to cross," said Jackie Perry.
"I've seen people run through the red lights. Nobody stops, it's scary," said Donna Brown.
Those issue have caused city police to step in.
Officers have been observing a lot of drivers failing to obey traffic laws these past few weeks. They've been issuing warnings to folks, but now, they'll be giving tickets to anyone who doesn't stick to the rules.
"The fact the we've observed a number of violations and we've had a lot of complaints, especially concerning pedestrian safety. We are going to start monitoring the area, and enforcing the stop sign violations," said Chief Matt Gregory of the Buckhannon Police Department.
The fines associated with failing to stop at a stop sign can include points on your licenses as well as monetary fines.
However, if you follow traffic laws and stay patient, you won't have any problems. The best thing you can do is communicate with other drivers and remain calm.
"Be hyper-vigilant. Slow down, take your time, be aware that there may be pedestrians wanting to cross at the intersection. If that's the case, the law says that pedestrians always have the right of way in a cross walk," said Chief Gregory.
But, for many residents in Buckhannon, the best solution is to go back to the original traffic patterns.
"I don't think it'll get better. I think there will be more accidents, and somebody's going to get hurt, seriously," said Perry.

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Oct 03, 2012 at 9:06 AM
As soon as these irresponsible drivers start getting ticketed for not obeying the rules, it will stop and things will be better. You are always going to have those people who won't obey any traffic laws. These are probably more than likely the exact same folks who ran the red lights too. I still think traffic flows faster and smoother without the traffic lights. It just takes time. Everytime a change is made with traffic, there's always an adjustment time for all to become familiar with the new situation. Start ticketing those who do not stop for stop signs. They know better!
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