Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

Freer Police Chief John Spillers is issuing a public warning to local drivers concerning an increase of those failing to completely stop at stop signs.

"A lot of residents have been complaining to the police department of seeing vehicles running stop signs in neighborhood areas and in other parts of town," he said. "Some drivers are rolling through and some aren't even slowing down at all-they're just speeding past the signs which is very dangerous."

Ages of the drivers allegedly running stop signs range from teenagers to adult, according to reports.

Records show 19 citations have been issued for stop sign violations since June 1.

Spillers says police officers will be more closely monitoring areas in town using video equipment, especially at four-way stop locations.

First time offenders will be fined $150, he said.

"We're doing this for the safety of the public, not to be mean," he said. "So all drivers really need to be aware and when coming to a stop sign, please stop completely before driving through."