Police Urge Drivers to be Careful Using Highway 84 Bypass

Open to the traveling public for just a few days, the New Brockton Highway 84 Bypass has paved a thorough-fare of controversy.

The New Brockton Bypass, the four-lane highway is the relocation of U.S. 84 from County Road 507 to west of Double Bridge Creek.

The State Department of Transportation has set a 65 mile per hour speed zone. Officials say vehicles are being clocked at 80 and above.

New Brockton Mayor Charles Cole said, "I spent Friday afternoon at the junction by the high school with a police officer. Not to write tickets, but to gauge the speed these vehicles were going through there. We clocked them between 60 and 88 miles per hour."

A few of the New Brockton Elementary bus routes involve the bypass.

Principal Dale Kelley says student safety is his top priority. He's urging motorists to pay attention and use extreme caution.

Central Coffee County has been the scene of several tragic vehicle wrecks in the last year.

"We're going to encourage our bus drivers to be cautious. They’ve been going across the four-lanes with no traffic. It’s now a different story,” Kelley said. “Everyone needs to slow down, and let us get used to this."

New Brockton Police say it's going to be a zero tolerance in regard to bypass speeding, hoping to keep the speed down

New Brockton Police Department Chief Dale Grimes said, "Even if you are going 66 in a 65 mile per hour speed zone, you will be stopped, and there's a good chance you will be ticketed/"

Officials say they will concentrate speed enforcement along the new bypass over coming weeks

Mayor Cole says he is continuing to lobby state DOT officials to lower the 65 mile per hour speed zone on the bypass.

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  • by RANDY Location: ELBA on Feb 6, 2008 at 03:41 PM
  • by Just Me Location: New Brockton on Feb 6, 2008 at 01:42 PM
    A speed limit of 65 is entirely too high for that section of Hwy 84. School buses, chicken trucks, other business vehicles, personal vehicles, etc. cross that highway many times during any day carring people to/from school, work, church, town hall, county compelx, etc. In addition, the high school is very close and the four lane should be considered part of the school zone. The new 84 should have a speed limit that considers the amount of traffic crossing, the school, and the fact that it is inside the town limits. Hats off to Mr. Cole and the NBPD for trying to protect us. Are any state law enforcement personnel going to concentrate any effort to enforce the limit?
  • by jane Location: dothan on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:18 AM
    what is so hard about driving the speed limit? you can drive 65 mph and that is more than enough. all police, troopers and sheriff deputies should start giving tickets for going over 5mph especially in houston county. people cannot drive without talking/texting and that should be the next law we get.the thing to do would be to learn to abide by the law and pay attention then you wouldn't have to worry about a ticket.
  • by Old Man Location: Cowarts on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:10 AM
    84 bypass sound like the Circle during rush hour. Nowdays more people can afford paying a speeding ticket. Getting caught is a very slim chance. Speeding fines need to be higher,to keep up with the cost-of-living.I watched a car run a stop sign, and a officer was setting there,and didn't do a darn thing,except pull into a drive-thru for lunch.
  • by Aggrevated Location: Dothan on Feb 6, 2008 at 05:36 AM
    Sounds like the Alabama DOT located the first new industry in New Brockton in the last 50 years. Watch how this new by-pass makes the revenues of New Brockton double or triple with speeding ticket revenue. Its the same story all over the south. New road FINALLY that is not a death trap from bad geometry and now small town cops and politics think they should be able to control it. Just wait until I-10 is put through Midland City,Pinkard and Taylor. Mark my words. Its about the $$$$ not the kids safety. Buses are on that road 1-2 hours of a 24 hour day. For that, we lower the posted limit. It is just a tactic to create another Alabama Speed Trap!
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