Unicoi sheriff stepping up speeding, traffic enforcement after complaints

Brad Hicks • Jan 21, 2013 at 9:57 PM

ERWIN — Officials with the town of Unicoi have recently received a number of complaints of motorists speeding through various areas of the town, which has prompted the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department to step up enforcement throughout the town, according to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley.

Hensley said the department’s officers already stationed in the town will begin stepping up traffic enforcement, particularly keeping an eye out for speeders in high-travel areas. Hensley said he wants those traveling in the area to be aware of this and that officers will also be watching for the violation of other traffic laws, such as motorists running stop signs.

“The speed limit is posted, and citizens need to be aware of the speed limit or we will issue citations,” Hensley said.

Hensley said complaints of speeders in Unicoi have primarily come from Unicoi Drive, Marbleton Road, Zane Whitson Drive, Massachusetts Avenue and Highway 107 in the Limestone Cove area.

Town officials have also received complaints of people parking in handicapped parking spaces and fire lanes at the Unicoi Walmart store, Hensley said. The sheriff said officers will be checking to ensure that vehicles are not parked in the fire lanes and said vehicles parked in handicapped spaces must have an up-to-date tag or placard visible to officers.

As with speeders, Hensley said those caught violating parking regulations will be issued citations. Hensley said those issued citations will be able to pay them at Unicoi Town Hall, Unicoi Drive.

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