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Bad drivers beware: City is cracking down

During the Hendersonville City Council's conversations with the public, a common theme emerged: the city is plagued by bad driving.


In comments during council members' series of one-on-one conversations and in feedback the police department has received, citizens complained about drivers constantly disregarding red lights, running stops signs, increased reports of drivers exceeding the posted speed limits and driving too fast for conditions in several neighborhoods. As a result, the Police Department is launching its STEP initiative effective immediately. Drivers can expect to see increases in radar patrols, in marked and unmarked vehicles and on motorcycles, and more traffic safety checkpoints in the weeks ahead.
“Our goal is to do as much as we can to better ensure the safe travels of citizens throughout the city whether by vehicles, bicycles, or by foot," Police Chief Herbert Blake said. "Therefore, our police officers will make dedicated efforts to increasingly enforce traffic laws throughout the city. We will use our social media outlets and conventional media to educate citizens and to hopefully establish a higher awareness of the importance of traffic safety in addition to our enforcement efforts. Citizens can help us by obeying traffic laws. We encourage citizens to continue to report observations of careless driving in their neighborhoods.”
Contact the Police Department at 828-697-3025.

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