GALLIPOLIS — Local police officers have been working extra to help maintain safety in traffic. Members of the Gallipolis Police Department have been working Fridays and Saturdays on Eastern Avenue at McDonald’s to help control the flow of traffic and prevent accidents.
McDonald’s experiences a significant lunch rush and has had traffic for the drive-thru reaching out onto the street, as well as some accidents for vehicles attempting to leave the parking lot. Detective Sgt. Rice, who worked the first shift, has already issued three citations for illegal vehicle procedures.
“One of the biggest problems is the center lane, people don’t use it right,” stated Rice.
There is signage along the roadway indicating that the center lane on Eastern Avenue is for persons attempting to exit the roadway across oncoming traffic, it is not for vehicles turning onto the roadway. According to Rice, people turning into the center lane from McDonald’s causes a traffic hazard for those using the lane correctly.
Rice also explained that motorists need to be more alert when driving.
“I’ve seen people texting and talking on their phone while I’m directing traffic,” said Rice.
He explained that people need to be alert and pay attention, particularly when an officer is directing traffic. This creates a risk not only for officers in the roadway, but also for motorists.
“People always need to pay attention when driving, especially when an officer is directing traffic,” stated Rice.
McDonald’s is covering the cost of having an extra officer on duty to direct traffic, which occurs on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.