City Needs More Enforcement Of Traffic Laws
For 12 years plus, I have pleaded with our city officials, the Greensboro Police Department, two police chiefs and citizens about the lack of traffic law enforcement in Greensboro. Specifically, I have referred to the Intersections at Wendover Avenue and Cridland Road and Wendover and Hill Street.
Repeatedly, I have advised one day there will be a fatal crash at these intersections, to no avail. At a recent accident at Hill Street and Wendover, the victim hit claims the other vehicle ran the stop light on Wendover. Believe me, it happens all day long. Unfortunately, the victim that got hit didn’t have a witness and GPD wouldn’t write a ticket for an at-fault accident, therefore she will have to pay her collision deductible ($500) and get insurance points for three years and most likely raise her auto insurance 30 percent to 40 percent!
Why won’t our city leaders and GPD enforce traffic laws on our city streets?
Why aren’t there traffic cameras at these intersections with repeated crashes to record and protect the law-abiding citizens?
This is a huge problem and Greensboro needs to clean house with our current leadership, including our mayor, police chief and sheriff. They have failed miserably. If you feel as I do, please vote in the upcoming city and county elections.
At this time the only candidates I can endorse are Justin Outling for mayor, Katie Rossabi for City Council at large and Phil Byrd for sheriff.
Jim I completely agree about the traffic issues in Greensboro. It didn’t use to be this way. It started with small things several years back when the chief of Police was told to stand down with his officers doing traffic stops for minor offenses because black and minority drivers complained about being unfairly targeted even though they were being lawfully stopped for breaking the law. The law is the law if it’s not going to be enforced then take it off the books. Small things lead to bigger things just like graffiti if it’s not addressed quickly then it emboldens people to take the inch to a mile. So Chief please tell your officers to go back to doing the job they were hired to do.
The city council is too “woke” to allow the police to do their job. Why? They don’t want the harassment from members of the community where the law breakers live. Simple.
Remember the time when the community cried “foul” for police stopping cars in their neighborhoods for a tail light issue, or a tag that was out of date, etc. Well, the police also know that owners (or drivers) of cars that let their tag expire are also more inclined to have other offenses as well, so making a traffic stop is one way to see if there’s more to an issue than a tail light.
Let’s also talk about Martin Luther king Dr. This area has really gone down hill, homeless people living on porches of defunct houses. Homeless people defecating on open lots, used mattresses, TVs , furniture and other junk thrown to the gutter to be left there for weeks on end. Litter piling up near where people beg for money at the intersection of highway 29. The shootings are constant in and around this area and right by a school. I’m so disappointed and disgusted that I’m embarrassed to have family and visiting friends see this mess. I’ve emailed the Mayor and have had no response. what the heck is happening to this town?
“What the heck is happening to this town?”
The Left is in complete control of the city council (which has not a single white male). That’s what’s happened.
I thought you didn’t see color?
When did I ever say that?
Get your facts right, before you accuse me of bigotry again – and then have to apologise.
No apology needed. You are very clearly a bigot.
I am no bigot. My best friend has darker skin than most African-Americans and my cousin is homosexual.
But you are a nasty prejudiced odious little creep who likes to try to take down other people with your venomous character assassination. You’re a despicable loser who gets off belittling others, often using nothing more than innuendo.
We can all see what you are.
Fill in the blanks: AS*H*LE.
Am amazed (not really) that your post was your first reaction. Tells us a lot about you Chris.
Ain ‘t that the truth, Joe.
What a nasty little jerk he is.
Mr. Donaldson did say it well. I will also make the following endorsements. Justin Outling for mayor, Katie Rossabi for City Council at large and BILLY QUEEN for sheriff. Mr. Queen has a vast amount of experience and has seen what will work and what won’t work all across the United States. He will bring new, fresh ideas to Guilford County, not the “same ole same ole” that Byrd would bring. Byrd was there during some of those 12 years Donaldson spoke about. Vote Republican BILLY QUEEN for Sheriff
The Guilford County Sheriff can’t enforce traffic laws inside the CITY limits of GREENSBORO which is what this discussion is about.
The Sheriff has the authority to enforce laws in all of Guilford County including in the towns and cities.
As Ms. Hammer and JV state the Sheriff has jurisdiction in all of Guilford County. I was just endorsing people like Mr. Donaldson did in his letter, as to who will get things done.
Where do you get your information? Where ever it is, you need to find another, more reliable, source.
County Sheriffs have jurisdiction throughout the ENTIRE county, including any cities in that county.
Seriously are you an idiot? They can enforce ANY law in the Guilford County jurisdiction. Educate yourself before you make comments in which you no nothing about. Or maybe attend BLET or a Citizen’s Academy.
Outling is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The fact that he actually has some sense as compared to the rest of council does not make him a good candidate. If you are a pro-police citizen, Outling is not for you. Just look at what he did a couple years ago when officers were just trying to locate a guy with a gun on the Greenway. He hung them out to dry and made it a racial issue because that was the in thing to do at the time. This all happened shortly after the Greensboro riots in 2020, when everyone was jumping on the “police are racists” bandwagon. Justin Outling was one of them.
That article does not get into as much detail as it should, but you’ll get the point.
Don, thank you for your link. I wasn’t aware of this story. It certainly makes me rethink my choices for leaders when I see what has happened to the city of grew up in. It is NOT the same and I take every opportunity to tell anyone who might consider a move here to research the crime, etc.; it seems to be just another reason we need changes in the powers-that-be. I guess we will find out the next election just how much residents of this city are concerned about the issues we face. Thanks for your post. It gave me pause….
No problem. I am certainly considering options. Currently, Eric Robert is getting my vote. Hedoes not appear to be a government shill, and he lets you know where he stands on an issue without mincing words. He might not be the most polished person in the world, but I can live with that.
Heck, I would vote Nancy over Outling simply because he is such a pretender. He plays the game well enough to pull the wool over a lot of people’s eyes, which is scary enough for me to count him out. At least with Nancy, I don’t have to worry that she is outsmarting anyone.
Jim and Gsogrey,
You are both correct, but don’t expect any changes. You will offend someone. Council will then spend tons of money and months of study to determine what you just pointed out.
GPD isn’t enforcing much at all because they are missing a fifth of their department.
I wonder how many police cars that $43 million sidewalk downtown could have bought?
Don that would be somewhere north of 800 cars.
Oh, so true. $43 mil would go a very long way. We don’t have enough motivated Police officers to do their jobs. Pay the men & women well, and leave them to their work.
I remember school zones were heavily policed. Drive 25 or get a citation. I drive through one school zone most every day. Cars drive by me, obviously over 35mph. I don’t recall seeing any stops in a very long time. When my red light turns green, I have to look both ways before I pull out. There are more and selfish & inconsiderate people out there, every day.
It is never permissible to speed in a school zone. I have grandchildren at school.
Jim ,I think you have hit on the problem!!!! Incompetence at the leadership level of our total city bureaucracy.It is and has been led by Democrats for as long as anyone would care to imagine.Our current leadership is so far out left that it is not funny. When you have such bad leadership it is cancerous and even the voting people get in the same rut.I think it’s time to clean house and get a group of Republicans in that can get this ship straightened out.
How many remember the Republican led commissioners from 2012-2020 they always balanced the budget and on several occasions cut property taxes for the county.But as we all know th he good has to end because The county counties take that kind of prosperity any more so they voted in the tax and spend Democrats.So in one sense you get what you vote for :::Prosperity by Republicans or tax and spend by Democrats.I truthfully don’t understand the people of Guilford County exceyou are a ‘glutton for punishment’,you really like being taxed too death .Forever it seems that Democrats have promised the blacks ‘We’ll look out for you and them they turn their backs on the blacks until the next election.And then they come back with this same ole song ‘We ‘ ll like out for you .And then another four years and they come back with the same ole song We’ll like out for you.
when do learn your lesson ,the Democrats are bad for blacks and they have shown since the 2020 election they are bad for America because they’re systematically destroying it each day.Look at the Southern Border,drugs by the millions .Look at the number of young people being killed by these drugs in just one year.Also illegals are coming over the border by the 100,000’s that includes drug dealers Criminals.The Democrats are not interested in saving America they are destroying America.
OOoooo Illegals. They all must be baddies and gonna steal Amurica right out from under our noses!!
Funny I have yet to meet an illegal immigrant in Greensboro. I have met a large number of nice Hispanic families though. We certainly need immigration reform but neither party has been able to do that for decades so now they just use misinformation and lies to try and scare one party about the other. Like Mexico was going to pay for Trumps failed wall that has been breached over 3,000 times since it was built…if the wind didn’t blow it over.
Drugs have been coming over the boarder for decades regardless of who is in office. Most drug dealers in the US are US citizens. Illegals have this heightened fear of being arrested and deported so are actually less likely to commit crime.
But don’t let the truth stop your little fear mongering.
Obviously you have not been in a Guilford County School.
There are more illegals than you think. I know because my niece consistently dates them and they’re here from Guatemala illegally. They do harm our country in the fact they don’t pay taxes but use our resources which are already strained as it is. In other countries around the world it would NOT be tolerated, being there illegally. They drive illegally with no insurance so when an accident occurs guess who’s left holding the bills. Quit trying to make yourself feel better by letting your vulnerabilities make your decisions. Wokeness preys on a person’s desire to be a good person and the vulnerabilities associated with thinking they might not be. If you truly want to help why not help our own citizens?? Veterans and many homeless Americans need help before we go and help everyone else. Look on street corners at your own citizens and help them not illegal invaders. Send illegals back home and make them enter legally and then no problem. Carry their own weight like everyone else!
Well said. And let’s not forget that people who choose to break into America illegally, by definition, have no respect for our laws.
I always loved the concept of America and always wanted to live here. But I wasn’t born in the US so I had to work to get here. On many occasions and in many ways I could have more easily (and cheaply) got into this country. But I couldn’t do it, because it always felt wrong to begin my life in the country I loved by breaking its laws and being furtive and deceptive. How tawdry. How disrespectful.
In the end I figured out a legal way, and my immigration status was never illegal.
And that is how immigration ought to be done – by decent people.
Are illegal immigrants decent people?
Or are we getting the dregs and the detritus?
Would be nice to know how much money (as a percent of the total operating budget) is allocated to law enforcement, versus the huge amounts of money that is given away to “non-profits” such as those given to Yvonne Johnson, et al. Feeding at the public trough is a great way to have a job for life and pay yourself through a 501C-3 non-profit business. Maybe someone can investigate the issue and show the percent devoted to non-profits versus the operating departments. After all, Mayor Nancy and others are all about “ribbon cuttings” and giving incentives (our money) to companies to locate here.
Chris, evidently you have lived your life in a closet. I retired from Law enforcement and dealt with Illegals starting back in the 80’s. They are all over Guilford County. We would arrest them, ICE back then would take custody and when they have a busload, they would transport back to the border or they would be sent to prison, then deported if it was a serious crime. In 2010 I was involved in a year long investigation that resulted in a dozen illegals living in the Piedmont that were stealing baby formula in multiple states and transporting it weekly and selling to a business in a northern state. It was a multi million dollar operation. Not to mention the local victims, stores, the landlords that cheated on rent, the storage businesses they cheated on rent, etc…. I could go on about all the teenage victims of sex trafficking, drug Cartels that control the drug market in NC . Go to a Citizens Academy or speak to a veteran Law Enforcement Detective before making false statements