Drivers warned not to block intersections near north Perimeter

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Channel 2's Lina Stouffer explains how ignoring the warning could cost you.

Cities and businesses in the heavy-traffic northside Perimeter are urging drivers to get out of intersections before traffic lights turn red.

The campaign is intended to raise awareness of the problem by posting signs at several key intersections and distributing literature to property managers.

It’s illegal to enter an intersection without having sufficient space to exit on the opposite side before a traffic signal turns red, according to Georgia law. Fines can reach $500.

“Maintaining clear intersections at all times, but in particular during the peak commuting hours, is a key factor in sustaining efficient traffic flow, preventing gridlock and providing emergency vehicles the ability to effectively navigate through the congestion,” said Perimeter Mall Senior General Manager Bill Baker.

Intersections highlighted by the “Don’t block the box” campaign are located at Ashford Dunwoody Road and Ravinia Drive, Parkside Place at Perimeter Summit and three crossings along Peachtree Dunwoody Road.

The effort is being conducted by Perimeter Community Improvement Districts and the cities of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven, along with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Tech.