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WPD cracks down on illegal turns at downtown fountain


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- There's a temptation in the air around 5th and Market Street in Wilmington. A temptation to turn left. And it's illegal.

Police were out in full force Friday watching for anyone who made left turns around the landmark fountain at the intersection. Police say it's just not safe, because the fountain sits right in the middle of the street. Drivers cannot see around it to make left turns, which is why signs are posted telling drivers not to make the turn.

"In the past we've investigated quite a few bad wrecks here, and we're trying to let people know this is a dangerous intersection, and we have identified it as a dangerous intersection and we're gonna do something about it," Ofc. J.D. Smith said.

The penalty for making a left at 5th and Market is $25 plus court costs.

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What is the penalty if an

What is the penalty if an illegal left turn is made there and causes and accident? I have had many close calls there and luckily so far, I havent been hit,

Illegal turns at fountain?

Instead of cracking down of illegal turns at the fountain, they should be cracking down on the seemingly open fountain of illegals that are turning up in this area.