At first it was occasional. Then there were two trucks taking up the road. Now it’s becoming a regular truck stop in the middle of our neighborhood, right here at Truck Stop Lineberry.
A few weeks ago, myself and a few other neighbors starting noticing 18-wheelers parking on Lineberry Drive, just south of Broad Oaks and North of Trailwood Hills, between Joanne Drive and Alder Ridge Lane. No biggie, right? Someone in the neighborhood is a truck driver. My wife’s uncle drives the big rigs. I can respect that.
Then I started thinking about some of the safety issues with this and I started wondering if parking an 18-wheeler and leaving a trailer, sometimes two trailers, parked in our neighborhood overnight was safe. The issue is rolling over to daytime hours as well. As you come up Lineberry Drive heading towards Lake Wheeler, the trailers would be right around the corner. Causing blind spots. Making people swerve over to avoid getting too close. Then I started thinking, is the weight of these vehicles going to damage the road and we won’t see that damage until next winter? The oil spots are already accumulating.
I started to investigate if it was even legal to park an 18-wheeler on a neighborhood street. Even more specifically, a collector street like Lineberry Drive. I talked with folks in Raleigh’s transportation office and confirmed late last week with our community police officer, Officer Upchurch, on the legality of this issue.
What I learned was that it’s not legal to park an 18-wheeler on a residential street. The only times they are allowed is if they are 1) making a delivery (moving, appliances, yardscape, etc.) or 2) broken down. I don’t have the specific ordinance that dictates this and there may be more reasons, but that’s all I needed to know. Not to mention the quality of life issues around how much noise they make and the odd hours that this is occurring, is fueling the situation.
My next question was about the best way to report this. It was recommended to use the non-emergency line. I gave it a try: (919) 831.6311. So did a few other neighbors. After little success over the weekend and some rising frustration of not seeing any action, results, or call backs, we’re changing our approach.
We’re now calling dispatch directly at 9-1-1. Although it’s a low priority call, we need action. If you are affected by this type of issue, you can report this yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable calling 9-1-1, us the non emergency line. Get the description of the 18-wheeler, trailer, tag numbers, and time of day and help us report this. If you’re thinking to yourself, I don’t want to get some dude in trouble for just parking his work vehicle, I’ll admit, I felt the same way at first. Officer Upchurch was very convincing that this needs to be reported and resolved as soon as possible.
It just so happens that the picture I took on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 around 9:00 am happened to have a Walmart trailer in it. And let me tell you. That trailer seems to be always be parked there. Always.