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Meck Sheriff Dept. goes after speeders on Jetton

Feb. 17. A Mecklenburg Count Sheriff’s Dept. traffic enforcement squad on Jetton Road Sunday afternoon netted speeders, and at least a little concern from Cornelius officials.

There was apparently no coordination with local police, according to Cornelius officials.



Speeders were clocked near Jetton Park where a fleet of sheriff vehicles waited to chase down violators.

The speed limit is 35 mph, but there is what amounts to a straight-away between Stableford just west of the park and Old Jetton where there have been a number of crashes.

“Our guys will speak to them and express our concern for lack of coordination,” Mayor Woody Washam said. “Unfortunately they have jurisdiction to do this.”

In the past, drivers have been cited by Cornelius Police for doing more than 80 mph on Jetton near the park, according to citation and arrest reports provided by Cornelius police to Cornelius Today. In January, two vehicles were towed away because the drivers were racing on Jetton.


Michelle Ferlauto, founder of the Lake Norman Transportation Safety Partnership, applauded “all efforts” to keep pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers safe.

“We have tragically seen what can occur when drivers are allowed to set their own speeds. It seems like a practical exercise for the benefit of the public. There really shouldn’t be any apologies issued for simply enforcing the laws,” she said. Ferlauto, who has uncovered numerous safety issues in the I-77 widening project, ran unsuccessfully for the town board in 2017.


8 Responses to “Meck Sheriff Dept. goes after speeders on Jetton”

  1. Sorry not sorry, but I disagree with Michelle Ferlauto on this one. It was always 45, & 35 is intentionally low. It is a nightmare for people who live in the back of Jetton. My son’s bf lives in the back, & it is maddening to be forced to go so slow on an almost desolate road for 2 miles at night.

    Posted by Heather | February 18, 2019, 1:30 pm
  2. You would only be applauded for pulling someone driving 80mph. Thank you.

    What was the lowest speed you pulled over our neighbors for?

    Posted by Peninsula Resident | February 18, 2019, 1:36 pm
  3. Awesome job ! Thanks to our Sheriffs Dept. and their efforts. As many Cornelius Police officers that we have not sure why the community still has so many folks doing wrong. Speeding,reckless driving/ merging, blasting music in multi -family communities till late hours of the night, pumping boat sewage holding tanks in the lake, boats speeding thru no wake zones at KingsPoint Marina area just to name a few that I encounter on a regular basis. Any chance the Meck Co. Sheriff can help out with that?

    Posted by Capt. Andy Clelland | February 18, 2019, 5:29 pm
  4. Thank you for bring the police around Jetton Rd. There are always people above the speedy limit. It is a great neighborhood for run, bike and walk a pet. Not a place to take a risk on speed. Thank you.

    Posted by Mari | February 19, 2019, 2:36 pm
  5. It takes an extra 23 seconds per mile to go 35 vs 45. None of us is so important that we can’t add that time to our commute in order to make our roads safer for those walking, biking and trying to cross.

    Posted by Jenn. | February 19, 2019, 9:36 pm
  6. Thank you Meck Sheriffs for enforcing the speed limit on this stretch of Jetton. It was wonderful to see. Even better was the town leaders being upset they had no warning. Sorry you couldn’t warn your constituents down the road to be sure not to break the law. The reasons given on ABC news that someones wife was alarmed. I seriously doubt that. If someone was going to harm your family you would be happy that anyone with a badge showed up.That includes State Police,Sheriff or Cornelius PD. Nobody owes you or the rest of the town commissioners any answers for extra police presence. You may have more of a presence at your town meeting than you expect.

    Posted by John | February 22, 2019, 12:25 pm
  7. So grateful to our sheriff for his concern for the safety of the residents of Cornelius. Now that he has tackled the rampant illegal speeding on Jetton, he will look at the problem this county has with illegal immigrants that get arrested and get to stay in our country.

    Posted by Mark | March 21, 2019, 7:43 pm

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