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One Route 9 improvement that's scheduled to start in 2017 is the placement of traffic signals on the Kingsbury Road turnarounds. The traffic lights should bring order—not to mention safety—to an intersection that give drivers like Nunez Cooke great pause. "Route 9 affects us so much, so we should have a voice," Zehner said. "If Route 9 functions better, then it might encourage more people to drive it and help Washington Street." Trying to Move Cars Along Despite road improvements and efforts to promote walking and bik- ing, Wellesley Police will undoubtedly still get calls about traffic. Police review those complaints and act in problem areas, Pilecki said. Officers monitor crosswalks for cars failing to stop for pedestrians and watch roads for speeding cars, and the department makes larger decisions such as asking construction and utility crews not to start work on major roadways until the morning commute has ended. Last year, police issued more than 7,400 citations for traffic viola- tions, but not all of them carried fines. Many were warnings in an attempt to educate motorists, said Pilecki, who belongs to a town safety committee that reviews traffic and safety issues with input from residents and state officials and then presents recommenda- tions to selectmen. One thing police can't do is discourage motorists from using side streets. A familiar complaint is an increase in traffic on what was once a quiet street, Cunningham said. "And we'll say, 'Yeah, but it's a public roadway.'" All the police can do, he said, is ensure that motorists fol- low the law. Like Cunningham and Pilecki, Tory DeFazio is a Wellesley native. Other than eight years of military service, the 79-year-old owner of The Windsor Press on Washington Street has spent his life watching Wellesley grow. He can remember when Washington Street was so light with traffic that he could angle park his car in front of his office. "Traffic will continue to be a problem," DeFazio said. "It used to be if you had a two-car garage, well, you've really made it. But now I've seen one with five cars. Many families have three or four cars. You add that all up, and you've got quite a number of cars on the road." 118 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 Traffic Jam M E D I A B A K E R Y