(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

  Durand Police Chief Jason Hartz shared during the Monday, Dec. 10 Durand City Council meeting that his department is stepping up enforcement of the city’s existing ordinance regarding u-turns. The enforcement initiative is focused mainly on the city’s downtown business district, which includes the 100 and 200 blocks of N. Saginaw Street and the stretch of E. Main Street from N. Saginaw Street to Oak Street.

  To accommodate as many vehicles as possible, the city utilizes an angled parking layout on N. Saginaw and E. Main streets, which has led motorists to make u-turns to pull into spaces on the opposite side of the road, rather than going all the way around the block to park legally. For years, motorists have ignored the double yellow lines that prohibit u-turns on both aforementioned streets, and city officials agree with Chief Hartz that the time has come to put an end to the acceptance of this dangerous traffic maneuver.

  Chief Hartz is motivated to crack down on u-turns due to his concern for the safety of pedestrians and motorists backing into traffic from the angled parking spaces. As an experienced law enforcement officer, Chief Hartz has grown adept at correcting motorists’ illegal missteps through communication and education – also known as a warning – rather than strictly issuing citations for every infraction.

  Hartz reported on Monday that his officers were still issuing warnings for illegal u-turns, but with the city council, Chief Hartz and downtown business owners in lockstep on this issue, that leniency is set to come to an end.

  The complete city of Durand Code of Ordinances can be found online at www.durandmi.com/information/city_ordinances/. Signs expressly prohibiting u-turns can be found on the west side of the 200 block of N. Saginaw Street (shown) and the east side of the 100 block of N. Saginaw Street.

Durand Police to Target Illegal U-Turns Downtown was last modified: December 18th, 2018 by Karen Elford