Residents who live on Joyce Ann Drive and Connie Lane filled the municipal courtroom at the Manchester Police Facility earlier this year to address traffic concerns and possible solutions.
City officials held the meeting after receiving numerous residential complaints of traffic and safety violations by motorists using those two streets as access roads. Joyce Ann Drive and Connie Lane run parallel to each other, providing a shortcut access between Sulphur Spring and Hanna roads. The results of the traffic study performed by Horner & Shifrin, Inc. also were shared with residents at the meeting.
Despite working with Manchester Police to increase enforcement measures, a significant reduction in speeding and safety complaints in these residential areas has not been noted. Thus, an ordinance was unanimously passed on Dec. 3 that would make traffic violations on Joyce Ann Drive and Connie Lane subject to increased safety area fines that are double the standard fine for traffic violations in that area. Those fines will not exceed $225 inclusive of court costs.
Prior to instituting the double-fine zone, the city will post appropriate signage within the increased safety area.