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Pelham Residents Raise Concern About U-Turns

PELHAM, N.Y. - Fifth Avenue is often the site of double parked cars and at least some congestion. But some Pelham residents and police officers have noticed that U-turns are a prevalent problem. Reader Rick Lamb emailed The Daily Pelham about what he called the "epidemic of U-turners" on that street. He added that some drivers even make the illegal turn directly in front of the police station, despite the fact that a sign prohibiting the turn is nailed to a tree in plain view. Det. John Hynes of the Pelham Police Department said officers are aware of the issue and they make every effort to enforce the law. "We do issue summonses for that, but we can't have a police officer on every single street at the same time looking for violations," Hynes said. He said drivers sometimes decide to make U-turns either because they do not see the signs or are simply in too much of a rush to care. He added that these turns can be dangerous because drivers can hit another car or a pedestrian crossing the street. Several readers of The Daily Pelham took to Facebook to comment on the U-turn issue . John Gjoni wrote that he sees the U-turns "all the time" and that they sometimes occur "right in front of the police station." Michelle Boyle wrote that people on their cell phones while driving is also a problem. And Jackie Miller chimed in to say she has seen the U-turns "on a regular basis" since she moved to Pelham more than five years ago. She offered a potential solution to the problem. "They should put up red light cameras in the police station and all the way up and down Fifth and record it so they see how often it happens," Miller wrote.

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