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Drivers Making Illegal Move By Avoiding Barricades

"It's just desecration of property is the way I look at it. I think it's wrong," said Allen Simons.

Simons is one frustrated neighbor. He pointed to the ground and said, "You can see the tire tracks through here. It's all that's left. I don't know why people would do that."

Simons lives two doors down from a piece of property at the corner of St. Peter and Highway 90. He says too many drivers are getting around the barricade on his street by creating their own path on his neighbor's yard.

"There goes one right there," Simons said as a pickup truck drove through.

"I just feel hurt Trang. I told you there were five beautiful, little small palms. She just planted them within the past year, and there's nothing left of them," said Simons.

Simons even tried to use debris piles to block people from cutting across the yard, but that didn't work.

"They run across the sign too. You can see the tire tracks. It's right here," he said.

Biloxi police say they realize it's a problem mainly along the beach front, but it's impossible to monitor every intersection.

Louis Moran is the Crash Investigator with the Biloxi Police Department.

"We do write a number of tickets for people going around police barricades, even now. But it's one of those things where we know it's going on, but we're trying the best with our manpower to allocate people for those types of details."

People who are going around the barricades aren't just breaking traffic laws. Homeowners can also file trespassing charges against the violators.

"It's wrong to go on private property, you know. Even though it's not fenced off," Allen Simons said.

Simons believes a stronger police presence will make a difference.

"Maybe a ticket or two, a police car here once in a while will be a deterrent. That's what I'm hoping."

As for the 25 streets that are still barricaded in Biloxi, police say they will monitor traffic patterns and the progress of debris removal to determine when to reopen those streets.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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