Use traffic stops to curb cut-through traffic
August 17, 2013 08:30 PM | 1202 views | 4 4 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The opportunity to reduce traffic problems on our local streets exists without the introduction of costly and obtrusive speed tables.

I can speak only for Whitlock Heights and its surroundings, but if local ordinances were enforced, I believe the majority of our speeding and road congestion problems would be alleviated. Commuters, not area residents, are the prime contributors to the problem. They speed through our neighborhood, ignore yield and stop signs and, on curves, are likely to force oncoming cars off of the roadway.

Virtually every road leading onto Whitlock Heights, the one major exception being Chestnut Hill at Powder Springs Street, is marked “No Thru Traffic,” yet, in the 15 years we have lived here, we have yet to see any enforcement.

Periodic checks of cars entering Whitlock Heights to ascertain whether drivers are local or simply taking shortcuts through our neighborhood would quickly discourage commuters if, after a warning, fines at ever escalating levels were imposed for subsequent violations. Area residents could be issued window stickers to preclude their being stopped for inspection.

Reynolds Street at Wright Street with the adjacent parking lot at Henry Memorial Park or Chestnut Hill by Tumlin Park are possible sites at which cars could be checked and provide locations to which violators could be directed for the issuance of summons. While less convenient, the dead end on Kirkpatrick just off of Whitlock Avenue could provide an area to which violators could be directed.

As an afterthought, perhaps receipts from fines could be used to repair some of our streets that are being so abused by the commuters.

R.S. Pino

Whitlock Heights


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Concerned Citizen
August 30, 2013
WHERE ARE THE POLICE??? Why can’t they sit on these streets and write tickets? This would bring in lots of revenue for the City. When I voted "yes" for the 2011 SPLOST I had no idea that it would eventually result in my losing the high quality of life that I now enjoy in my own home. Cut-through traffic will continue to cut-through because the tables are too small. Motorists will continue to just fly through, hitting the tables and creating a new noisy problem. Private citizens in Marietta deserve better. We need to be respected rather than be treated like we don’t count. Residents who have these tables in front of their home will become victims. I can’t believe the City would do this to people, but obviously they will.
Chris Parrish
August 21, 2013
Yeah, good luck with that.
Clarence B.
August 19, 2013
While the municipality is authorized to provide regulatory or warning signage on municipal roadways to alert motorists to such things as posted speed limits or "watch for children", nothing authorizes the city to limit the right of the public to use such roadways for the exclusive benefit of the home owners in the area and their invitees.

Tippy Tom
August 19, 2013
A person can drive on any public road for any reason. Your going to have to show me a law that says otherwise. Just because there is a sign doesn't mean its a law.

Maybe if the main road was widened you wouldn't have this problem. Oh, wait, That was already tried wasn't it ...
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