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Traffic concerns driving people crazy in Leland

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A string of accidents along a major highway has police stepping up patrols. For drivers on Highway 17 in Leland, the problem may just be getting used to more cars on the road.

It’s called the “super street”. A portion of Highway 17 in Leland was designed to make room for the growing population in north Brunswick County.

“This is new, it hasn’t been here three years, so all these people and all this growth in the Leland area, it’s different,” said Courtney Flowers.

It seems some drivers are having trouble navigating the roadway. Three severe accidents took place within the last month between Wal-Mart and Waterford.

Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne says the accidents don’t have a common cause, but traffic through the corridor increases during the summer months. He hopes increased patrols will help prevent another accident in the future.

“What we need people to realize is you need to slow down, you need to pay attention to signs and the lights that are available for your safety, and keep a safe travel distance between you and the vehicles in front of you,” Jayne said.

But drivers say police patrols aren’t the problem; they say the roadway is just confusing.

“Having to go down and turn around, that’s one bad thing, and two I don’t think there are enough lights,” said William Holland.

Department of Transportation engineer Alan Pope says it’s not fair to compare total number of accidents because there are so many more cars on the road, but the crashes haven’t increased.

Still, with more drivers on the road it can’t hurt to use a little extra caution. “Just because they’ve got a red light doesn’t necessarily mean someone is going to stop,” Pope said.

But keep that in mind and maybe the accidents will.

Chief Jayne says the weekends are the busiest for the roadway thanks to Brunswick beach visitors.

To help with the congestion, Leland police will step up their patrols Thursday through Monday.

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videoA string of accidents along a major highway has police stepping up patrols. For drivers on Highway 17 in Leland, the problem may just be getting used to more cars on the road.

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