Bainbridge police enforcing new “no cut-thru” ordinance




Sammy Jenkins, owner of Sammy's Bait and Tackle in Bainbridge, said he hopes a new ordinance will help keep pedestrians at businesses like his safe from motorists who "cut through" parking lots as a shortcut.
Sammy Jenkins, owner of Sammy’s Bait and Tackle in Bainbridge, said he hopes a new ordinance will help keep pedestrians at businesses like his safe from motorists who “cut through” parking lots as a shortcut.

Bainbridge Public Safety has begun enforcing a new ordinance that prohibits drivers from “cutting through” private parking lots to avoid traffic signals.

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Public Safety officers have cited at least two drivers for violating the new ordinance by cutting through the parking lot at Sammy’s Bait and Tackle on Faceville Highway in Bainbridge.

The fine for violating the “no cut-thru” ordinance? $275.

One driver who allegedly drove through the parking lot at Sammy’s without stopping was arrested, because he had other serious traffic law violations.

On Thursday evening at 8:09 p.m., BPS Officer Joshua Glover was patrolling Faceville Highway when he observed a black GMC Yukon cutting through the parking lot of Sammy’s Bait and Tackle, to avoid the stop sign at Alice Street and Faceville Road.

The driver was identified as Carlos Anthony Williams, 46, of Bainbridge. In addition to the ticket for violating the cutting through ordinance, Williams was also charged with driving a vehicle without insurance and operating a vehicle while registration is suspended, cancelled, or revoked.

Here’s the full text of the ordinance:

No driver of any motor vehicle, motorcycle, or vehicle of any kind, shall drive through or across any private driveway or private property or public property, such as a gas station or lot, or similar area, whether vacant or not, to avoid any intersection, or obedience to, or regulation by, traffic regulation or control devices set forth in this Title, unless specifically directed to do so by Police or Fire personnel.




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