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Memorial Continued from page 13 cant backups on Route 404 on Monday, but that congestion was generally less severe than on a mid-summer weekend at the beach, particularly when the weather forecast is favorable. She noted that speed limits on Route 1 were reduced for the sum- mer season and will now be 35 mph for much of the area between Five Points and Dewey Beach during the tourist season. Gillan noted that the lower speed limits were in effect during the holiday, except for the "for- gotten mile" area. Speed limits in that area were being reduced on May 29 to 35 mph at the request of area residents. State police report complaint increase "We were very busy. I think this was one of the busiest Memo- rial Day weekends I've ever seen," said Delaware State Police Lt. Peter Schwartzkopf, deputy commander at Troop 7. Schwartzkopf said there was a an increase in complaints in both the traffic and criminal divisions dur- ing the reporting period from Monday, May 19 to Sunday, May 25. This year iroopers made 267 traffic arrests compared to 252 last year. The officers arrested 113 people for speeding and 18 people for Driving Under the In- fluence (DUI); 12 of the DUIs oc- curred from Friday through Mon- day. There was one fatal accident this year; there were no fatals last year. The eight troopers who con- ducted Saturation Patrol in the Re- hoboth Beach and Dewey Beach area on Saturday from midnight until 4 a.m. stopped 46 vehicles, detained 10, made five DUI ar- rests and 14 other traffic arrests. Schwartzkopf said the troop re- ceived 357 complaints, slightly higher than the 343 complaints made last year. The complaint load might have been higher this year, he said, except for a period of approximately 24 hours, phone service in the Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach areas was inter- rupted. "A lot of people couldn't call," he said. The troop attempted to compensate for the phone prob- lem by increasing patrol officers in the affected area during the sporadic phone outage that left up to 1,600 people without service. "We had an awful lot of traffic compared to last year," said Schwartzkopf. Saturday, he said, brought congestion and a traffic back-up in the northbound lane through Dewey Beach to approxi- mately the Route 1 and Route 1A intersection. The traffic lights at the Exxon station near Sussex 273 became stuck on Sunday, he said, which created considerable confusion and dangerous conditions. "There were no problems at the Road- J 4R,.o= j,o l^;.,t ;_,.dl!.HXm he said, noting that is typically a Route 1 hot spot. The sporadic traffic jams, he said, were typical of mid-summer. "I believe it's going to be a very busy summer if this is any indica- tion," said Schwartzkopf. Maureen Leary, public relations specialist at Beebe Medical Cen- ter, said this year's holiday was fairly typical for the hospital emergency room. "It was a typi- cal Memorial Day," she said. "They probably did double what they do on an average weekend." The majority of patients went to the hospital for lacerations and sprains, said Leary, but healthcare professionals also saw several tick bites and one case of sunburn. Lewes enjoys a quiet but busy weekend "The town was pretty full even though the weather didn't cooper- ate completely," said Lewes City Manager Elaine Bisbee about Memorial Day Weekend 1997. Bisbee said Saturday's clear skies brought a good number of people Continued on page 18 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 1997 - 15 NEW KITCHENS Quality Design & Installation For Kitchens & Baths 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE FINANCING AVAILABLE 644-9006 RT24JUSTOFF RT1 AT FAMILYDOLLARMALL Make The Decision Now! Increseing numbers of residents enjoy the Plantations so much, they say it's The Perfect Place to live. Why? Because of the quality of life, the extensive variety of homes, the sweeping beauty, the ease of maintenance and the instant availability. Isn't It time you desided to make Plantations your home, too? The variety of homes is as impressive as the quality is depend- able. We have newly designed Villas with garages, spacious Courtyard units, Carriage Homes with garages where vou own the land and custom-built Single-family homes. Each property is constructed exclusively by Country Life Homes, the ng_q Diamond Builder award winner in Delaware. Visit Plantations and tour our models. Prices start at $99,500. For more information, call us at - 302.645.2727 or 800.777.1530 O oen 7 days week ...................... F(iiii Riiiie Oiie; iiirii /esi ii ..................... t Midway Shopping Center traffic light t onto Postal Lane, then dht at 275. !