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DATA: Hundreds of Tickets Issued at Fairchild Intersection

Violators of the left-turn prohibition onto new Fairchild Avenue Bridge are racking up the tickets for the police department

If you think the isn't enforcing the onto the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge, think again.

Data obtained from the police department by Kent Patch show officers have strictly enforced the no left turn for southbound drivers on S.R. 43 looking to turn onto the new bridge since April.

So far this year, the police department has issued a total 314 tickets to drivers making illegal turns at intersections. Of those tickets, 304 were issued for violations at the intersection of Fairchild Avenue and North Mantua Street (S.R. 43), according to Kent Police.

However, Kent Police Capt. Jayme Cole said not all of the tickets were necessarily issued to drivers for making the illegal left turn onto the bridge from the southbound lane of S.R. 43. The data only shows turn violations at the intersection and includes all lanes.

Still, the data show a rather stark increase in the violations compared with the fact just 41 tickets total were issued in 2011 for turning violations at all of Kent's intersections.

And given the fact police have stepped up enforcement of the illegal turn onto the bridge it's likely a majority of the tickets were issued to drivers turning illegally onto the bridge.

"The number of tickets for this violation is way up this year, so given the timing, that's a fairly safe conclusion," Cole said.

The department has averaged almost five tickets per day in the last two months alone.

The number of turning violations at intersections issued by month this year breaks down as follows:

Turn Violation Tickets

(citywide)

January February March April May 2012 9 11 12 106 176 2011 n/a n/a n/a n/a 2
Rick June 01, 2012 at 10:17 AM
well they are never there in the morning they could get that many in one day in the morning rush hour
Pat June 01, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I agree--the police need to be there around 8-9 am if they want to catch more drivers turning left onto the bridge as I nornally sit in traffic waiting for someone to turn left and no police around. Now that KSU is closed for the summer they should have less to do!
Holly Schweitzer June 01, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Does anyone know what the status of the Rockwell St. intersection is? I live there, and we used to be able to turn left, but can't now with the construction. Since there is no left turn arrow onto 43 from Fairchild (which I don't understand at all...) it makes it very difficult to get to Streetsboro from our area.
Chris (Kit) Myers June 01, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Well, in defense of some of the recipients of tickets, as one is approaching and threading through the maze, one might miss the signage. It really IS an OMG where do I go situation in heavy traffic, requiring lane shifting and extreme caution. There needs to be someone there to direct traffic. Perhaps the bridge should just be temporarily closed. That would eliminate the confusion and end the problem. It would also free up the police to catch drug dealers and close meth houses, certainly a more significant problem in our fair city.
Alan Phillips June 01, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I have serious concerns about sharing the road with all of the people who keep stating that they don't see the no left turn signs. If they have missed every one of the signs, I shudder to think what else they don't notice when they get behind the wheel of their car!
Heather June 01, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I'm with Alan. Even if you miss the first 5 signs, the one next to the light plus the irate honking drivers behind them should cue them in.
Walter Hamilton III June 01, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Matt They didn't start to pass out tickets untill you mentioned it in Kent Patch ??? ....
Nick D'Angelo, Sr. June 01, 2012 at 01:34 PM
The "I didn't see the signs" is an extremely lame excuse and those people should be forced to retake their drivers exam's as well. If they are paying so little attention to the roads they are driving on, we would all be better off with them off the roads period. Lets face it, most of them are just lazy, inconsiderate drivers who think they can get away with it. I hope the fines are doubled since it is a construction zone!
Michael Tichy June 01, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Yes I got a ticket and I didn't see the sign but I'm sure if I had to stop or slow down to make the turn I would have noticed. As it was I didn't have to slow down because there were no cars coming the other way and there was no car right behind me but that did not deter the officer to check the box on my ticket - heavy traffic-.
Teresa K. June 01, 2012 at 02:20 PM
When the old bridge was there and we were permitted to turn left, was there a problem with accidents ? So what... we made a new road and bridge, why did they take away the left turn? Isn't that what the bridge is for-- to be a go between route to Lake St., Crain and Water ? I must be dum, cuz I don't get why they took away the left turn there. Is it to detour us through the city of Kent so we can see all the new construction? @Michael: no traffic but he checked the "heavy traffic" box? was it rush hour time? you should have erased it for him, I'm sure it was just an oversight.
Teresa K. June 01, 2012 at 02:21 PM
@walter: yes, you're right. The chart above shows that very clearly.
Matt Fredmonsky June 01, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Actually, my first story didn't run until early May, and as you can see by the numbers police were enforcing the no-turn in April as well. But thanks for the vote of confidence!
Matt Fredmonsky June 01, 2012 at 04:03 PM
The prohibited turn will be in place until at least mid August, according to the city engineer's office. Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling sent me the details on the time frame: "The prohibition for left turns onto the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge will be in place until mid-August. We will be switching traffic to the new pavement on the west side of the road in mid-June (targeted for June 13th). We will then be completing the last piece of pavement on the east side of the road, where the "dip" is located. Once that area is completed SR 43 will be opened back up to 5 lanes."
William B Budner ESQ. June 01, 2012 at 04:44 PM
very difficult to get to streetsboro? really? right turn, travel half a block to park ave, left turn, left again at gougler st and boom! you're on your way. that must be terribly inconvenient...
Teresa K. June 01, 2012 at 07:37 PM
good to know. thanks
Matt Fredmonsky June 01, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Let's refrain from personal attacks and stick to the issues.
William B Budner ESQ. June 01, 2012 at 09:09 PM
i see you only remove comments for some rule violations not others. noted.
Pat June 01, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Actually most of everyone are cry babies. The signs for no left turns are in place all along Mantua Street after you pass Carthridge. I always turn right onto Carthridge, turn left on Hudson Rd and turn left on Fairchild and straight over the bridge. If the drivers are not seeing the signs, they are busy texting or chatting on their cells which they should not be doing when driving anyway. There has been 15 accidents along Mantua St --from Grant St to Carthridge since the road was narrowed. No police on this end of town. But thank goodness they are ticketing drivers for turning left. The one person who said there was no traffic coming and he turned left must not have a bit of common sense. Would you also turn down a one way street to get from point A to point B if no traffic was coming??
Rick June 01, 2012 at 09:14 PM
well if a person is that blind as to not see the 4 signs starting at Roosevelt high school and the rest of way to bridge then they should not be driving.they are just mmaking stupid excuses for disobeying the law.
Rick June 01, 2012 at 09:14 PM
i agree Alan
Rick June 01, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I also noticed that and also noticed they waited till KSU was over with and much of the violators were from KSU.Makes you wonder what they are paying so much money for by going to KSU and they don't even know how to read!
Rick June 01, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Well Michael what part of No left turn do you not understand?
Rick June 01, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Yes Teresa you are dumb as you said.It is to keep traffic flowing and less back up.it is not like it is a 7 mile detour to go a few blocks and lake a left hand turn.I wonder how you got thru grade school ? lol
Matt Fredmonsky June 01, 2012 at 09:29 PM
A comment was removed for violating Patch's terms of service. http://kent.patch.com/terms
Troy McClure June 01, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Wow. Are you THAT clueless not to realize why no left turns are allowed right now? And "erasing" the 'heavy traffic' box on a ticket? That doesn't change the fact that Michael made an illegal left turn and "didn't see" FIVE SIGNS!!! Please don't have offspring. If you did, Lord help us and let's hope someone else is educating them.
KM June 02, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I live on Mantua street, right were the construction starts, have been dealing with construction for YEARS now, if you people can't read signs, and deal with a few changes in your driving I pity you, I deal with it DAILY! We have to wait for people to let us into our driveway and out, so please quit your complaining and realize some of us who bought our houses YEARS AGO have a lot more to go through.

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