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These stupid things have been springing up like weeds since the bridge collapse. Are these things actually legal? If they are, then what constitutes thru traffic? Any destination not on that road? That neighborhood? That city? I ran across an article out of Alabama (Huntsville area) where the police chief said that they could not enforce them because people have a Constitutional right to use public roads.
 

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Are they GA DOT signs or ones put up by neighborhoods?
 

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I think they can enforce no thru trucks. Within reason. Semi's aren't supposed to use Buford Dam Rd but they do it quite regularly, and the county will cite them. I've seen neighborhoods request the local authorities block off a road completely. But as far as arbitrarily closing a public road, nope.
 

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I think they can enforce no thru trucks. Within reason. Semi's aren't supposed to use Buford Dam Rd but they do it quite regularly, and the county will cite them. I've seen neighborhoods request the local authorities block off a road completely. But as far as arbitrarily closing a public road, nope.
There are weight restrictions and size restrictions for residential streets as well as bridges and overpasses as marked. But global "No Thru Traffic" - unless its an official GA DOT sign its not something I'd pay much attention to frankly.
 

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I don't think they can unless the road is privately maintained i.e. Some subdivisions are not paved or repaired by the county.
 

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I've seen some business parking lots have them posted, even a hospital in Duluth.
Some people have determined it's quicker to dash through a parking lot that is next to a busy intersection than to wait in the traffic. I've tested it myself and sometimes it is faster, other times not.
 

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Private property is a different matter. Surface streets that connect, even through neighborhoods, are government maintained and the neighborhood can't just mark them off limits.
 

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How would I know if it's a GDOT sign? They're nothing but white and rectangular with "NO THRU TRAFFIC" in black letters on them.
 

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Well that clears that up. GDOT only handles the numbered highways. Short of completely blocking the road I don't think there's any way to enforce it.
 

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Well that clears that up. GDOT only handles the numbered highways. Short of completely blocking the road I don't think there's any way to enforce it.
They are installed by the city.
The signs are installed as a deterrent, but the police have no authority to enforce it. It boils down to a matter of the public's constitutional rights to travel on public roads.
 

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So, a waste of taxpayer money by the cities.

Perhaps some open records act requests are in order? And maybe a criminal investigation of conspiring to spend taxpayer money to fund signs that don't have the force of law?

They are installed by the city.
The signs are installed as a deterrent, but the police have no authority to enforce it. It boils down to a matter of the public's constitutional rights to travel on public roads.
 

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Does this qualify as "traffic theatre"?
 

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Kinda off topic but last week i watched 2 cars blocking each other and both refusing to move. One driver got out and asked the other if she lived here. When she said no he told her she had no right to be on that road then.

My mouth dropped.
 

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The Georgia Constitution (Art. 9, section 2, paragraph 3) allows local governments to control traffic on the roads.
I think a local law, duly passed upon notice and public hearing, and a proper vote of public officials, CAN declare certain roads to be off-limits to people just passing through, and these roads are for local residents and others actually doing business in that neighborhood. That's legit.
 
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