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MARIETTA, Ga -- If good old fashioned police enforcement does not work, why not try humor? That is the logic behind what Marietta police are doing in one neighborhood to slow down speeders and stop sign runners.

Police placed an electronic sign at the intersection that reads: " Seriously, you gotta stop." And it seems to be working.

Neighbors along Kirkpatrick Drive in Marietta have complained off and on for years about the traffic on their street, especially at the stop sign at Hillendale Circle.

Police said they put officers at the intersection to write citations d it stops the law breakers for a short time. "We go out there and we curb it for a little while," Officer Nick Serkedakis said. "We'll do some enforcements, write some citations, but as soon as you stop enforcement the problem will slowly come back."

Kirkpatrick Drive is an ideal cut-through for many drivers to skirt the city of Marietta. It runs between Whitlock Avenue and Powder Springs Street. And it runs right through a heavily residential neighborhood. The speeders and drivers who don ' t stop for the stop sign have been irritating neighbors for years.

John Hisey has lived on Kirkpatrick Drive for 30 years. "It has always been a problem," he said.

"There are walkers who use the sidewalks and people in the community don't want cars flying through," said Melody Shelton.

Ofc. Serkedakis said at least twice a year they conduct enforcement at the intersection. "I sat back and I thought, you know, I could go out and write some more tickets at the stop sign but, what can I do to start a conversation?" he said.

He has started a conversation and brought attention to drivers to stop. "I think it's working," Shelton said. "I've seen this picture (of the sign) on Facebook, on Instagram, the student drivers are talking about it, the teens are talking about it."

"I love it," said Hisey. "I think it's great and people are stopping, they're obeying the sign more than they have the stop sign."

Officer Serkedakis said the electronic sign will stay at the intersection for another week or two. Word of its success is getting around. "Several other neighborhoods have requested the sign so we'll probably start moving it around the city to see if we can't get more of that conversation going," he said.

And Officer Serkedakis says he has other witty ideas to write on the sign to drive the message home, seriously.

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