Hendersonville Leaders Vote down Request for U-Turn Signage
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Hendersonville Alderman Angie Hedberg’s ordinance to install signs along six roadways around the city to make commuters aware of a longtime ban on U-turns failed 2-9-1 Tuesday night.
Hedberg proposed the ordinance after her husband was given a warning by police after making a U-turn. The couple moved to Hendersonville from Florida where the maneuver was legal.
Ward 2 Alderman Scott Sprouse was among those to vote against the ordinance.
“I think that it could create an environment where we start coddling folks that if we don’t tell them things that they are supposed to know through signage that we could create a situation where people are expecting signs for everything,” he said.
Hendersonville outlawed U-turns in 1970.
Hedberg’s idea was to have signage installed along Main Street, Center Point Road, Caldwell Lane, New Shackle Island Road, Saundersville Road and Drakes Creek Road.
“When you have someone like myself coming from a state where U-turns are allowed, I don’t think the top priority on your list is maybe I should go on the website and check if I am allowed to do U-turns or not,” Hedberg said in her rebuttal to Sprouse. “I’ve been doing them and it’s just that I haven’t been caught.”
Hedberg and Ward 6 Alderman Matt Stamper voted in favor of the move, while Ward 3 Alderman Arlene Cunningham abstained.
Stamper questioned whether an ordinance was the right tool to add signs at six spots.
“I’m just thinking public works or public safety,” Stamper said. “I’m not opposed to some increased signage.”
Ward 1 Alderman Peg Petrelli said more education needs to be offered at a state level for out-of-state drivers, such as taking the Tennessee driving exam to become familiar with state laws.