SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Some new stop signs at a downtown Shreveport intersection have some drivers seeing red. And the sudden change will have people shelling out dollars to pay for citations.
The stop signs were put into place Thursday on eastbound Fannin Street, at the intersection of Douglas Street, in response to a recent city council vote that turned Fannin from a one way street into a two way.
Because the road now has traffic traveling in both directions, the city is required to install stop signs there, according to city traffic engineer Michael Erlund.
The problem some drivers have, though, is that the signs were installed--and are being enforced-- without any prior warning.
"I've been coming through here for three years and I knew there's not been a stop sign," argued one woman as a Shreveport police officer wrote her a ticket Friday morning.
The woman was one of four drivers, at the time, who had been pulled aside for failing to stop at the signal.
"What we're doing is...letting them know it's here," said Cpl. D. J. Gardner. "We are issuing citations because there have been several near-misses."
Gardner, who works in the Shreveport Police Department's traffic division, said he had been ordered to the intersection by a supervisor after the department received a complaint about people ignoring the new signs.
But some people believe the enforcement came too soon.