Last updated: May 13. 2014 7:08PM - 947 Views
By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com



Officer David Prevette keeps a lookout for vehicles exceeding the speed limit on U.S. 601 which creates dangerous situations in the highly trafficked area.
Officer David Prevette keeps a lookout for vehicles exceeding the speed limit on U.S. 601 which creates dangerous situations in the highly trafficked area.
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YADKINVILLE — The Yadkinville Police Department is working hard to warn drivers about speeding through the busiest area of U.S. 601 from the intersection of Shacktown and East Lee Avenue down to the Highway 421 interchange. The highly trafficked area with fast food restaurants, gas stations and other businesses has been the scene of a number of accidents recently, said Police Chief Tim Parks, one of which was a four-car pile up.


“We just want people to understand it’s pretty bad down there and we need to fix it,” Parks said.


Officers will be patrolling the area more closely in the next few weeks on the lookout for speeders. Several warning tickets already have been written.


“People have a lot of things on their mind on their way home from work or on the way to lunch, but we just want to make them aware it is a dangerous area especially in the afternoons,” Parks said. “We want to help stop it if we can.”


On Tuesday afternoon, Officer David Prevette was watching closely with a radar detector to find those driving too fast through the area. He already stopped several drivers, including one who was driving with a revoked license.


The speed limit through that section of 601 is 35 miles per hour. Parks said he hopes that drivers will use caution and heed the speed limit as they are traveling through town to avoid accidents and injuries.


Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.


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