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Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2006 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:17 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Robert Nathan

Killeen Daily Herald

NOLANVILLE The one place Nolanville is more like California is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and Spur 439.

That is where you are likely to find motorists rolling through the stop sign doing a "California stop." The intersection has become one of the two busiest spots for motorists to receive tickets for running stop signs and for speeding.

"We get all sorts of traffic right at that one intersection," said Lt. Robert Franklin of the Nolanville Police Department. "You will see them (police) sitting there, some in the mornings and at night."

Nolanville resident Sally McMahan regularly sees motorists run stop signs at this intersection while putting gas in her car at the Diamond Shamrock on the south side of the intersection. And she has a solution.

"Red lights could fix it," she said.

A Diamond Shamrock clerk, who wished to remain anonymous, watches motorists out her window every day running stop signs at this intersection and getting pulled over by the NPD.

"They usually get the ones that do California stops,'" she said. "It's a look and go, not really a stop."

Some motorists said many of the violations are because the stop signs are not visible in all directions.

"I just ran it to tell you the truth," motorist Matt Ramsey said. "It's pretty tricky, it's hard to see, I guess."

Franklin said outside code enforcement, traffic violations are the majority of the tickets police officers write.

"We haven't received any complaints about being stopped (at the intersection); of course none of them are going to be happy about being stopped," Franklin said.

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