The 'don't block the box' campaign urging motorists not to obstruct intersections runs through April 8.
The ‘don’t block the box’ campaign urging motorists not to obstruct intersections runs through April 8.

Motorists in Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs are being asked to “be kind and stay behind the line” as part of a two-week Perimeter Traffic Operations campaign to educate driver to not block intersections – and avoid a $500 fine.

Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, in partnership with the cities as well as the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Institute of Technology, launched the initiative March 28 and concludes April 8.

From a PCID press release: “The term ‘box’ refers to the boundary within an intersection. A vehicle is considered to “Block the Box” when it enters an intersection with insufficient space available to exit on the opposite side, obstructing other vehicles and pedestrians. In the state of Georgia, blocking the box is illegal and could cost up to $500 in fines, as well as points on your driving record. If a driver’s signal turns red before they get out of the intersection, they are blocking cross traffic from moving forward and preventing mobility in crosswalks and bike lanes.”

Intersections targeted for the campaign include:

  • Parkside Place at Perimeter Summit
  • Peachtree Dunwoody Road at Johnson Ferry Road
  • Peachtree Dunwoody Road at Abernathy Road
  • Peachtree Dunwoody Road at Lake Hearn Drive
  • Ashford-Dunwoody Road at Ravinia Drive

“ 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 as needed…” said Perimeter Mall Senior General Manager Bill Baker in a statement. “The visual reminder to keep the intersection clear and not “Block the Box” is a proven and effective tool and I look forward to its implementation at select intersections within the Perimeter CID.”

Restriping at the intersections is expected to take begin April 11.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.