Waiting in stop and go traffic; we’ve all been there. It seems like it's always the worst when we're a few minutes late for work. Lieutenant Obbie Blanton said it's a regular occurrence for morning commuters on Masonboro Loop Road. “I got out here at 7:30 this morning so anywhere between 7 and 7:30 it starts, and then it gets worse between 7:30 to 8:30.” Lieutenant Blanton said the traffic on Masonboro Loop Road backs up every day right around the morning rush, leaving some drivers looking to save a few minutes by taking a shortcut down Jasper Road, which is in part a private road. This week the city of Wilmington put up a sign informing drivers it's illegal to use the road as a cut through, but that hasn't stopped drivers from using the road to avoid a busy intersection. Wednesday, Lieutenant Blanton and the Wilmington Police Department set up an information check point. “What we're trying to do right now is educate the public that this is a violation of law to use private property for the purpose of avoiding a traffic controlled intersection.” This time those using the short cut were warned, but in the future saving a couple seconds could cost drivers almost 2-hundred dollars in fines. The DOT is working to solve the problem. Lieutenant Blanton said the DOT is considering putting a traffic light at the intersection.
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