Monday, May 29, 2023

Argyle drivers who disobey turn sign on Old Justin Road risk citations

The town of Argyle installed a “right turn only” sign at Old Justin Road and Hwy 377 during school dropoff/pickup times. Photo courtesy of the Argyle Police Department.

Argyle drivers be warned, the local police department is enforcing a relatively new traffic sign on Old Justin Road.

Late last year, the town of Argyle installed a new sign for eastbound traffic on Old Justin Road at the intersection with Hwy 377. The sign is right next to the stop sign and clearly states that drivers can not turn left onto 377 between 7:15-7:45 a.m. and 2:45-3:15 p.m. on school days.

Interim Argyle Police Chief Temple Cottle said drivers are obeying the sign “for the most part,” and those who don’t “usually hadn’t seen the sign.”

Argyle PD and Argyle ISD PD have shared on social media several reminders about the new traffic rule sign since it was installed, as recently as last week.

“We have received several complaints about motorist disobeying the right turn only sign,” the tweet said, adding that officers would be issuing citations to those who disregard the new rule.

“For the first few weeks, we just gave warnings, to let drivers get acclimated to the change,” Cottle said. “But now it’s an enforcement location for us.”

The Argyle Town Council decided to have the sign put up to relieve traffic backups caused by vehicles waiting to turn left onto the busy highway, according to the Argyle ISD Police Department.

Several months later, there hasn’t been a traffic study on the change but Cottle said he believes the change has improved traffic flow, and there haven’t been additional wrecks because of the sign or police’s enforcement of the new rule.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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