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Does Acree need a traffic light?

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

Acree, GA (WALB) –  Another crash at a dangerous intersection in Acree has some people calling for safety improvements there. 

A 62-year old Worth County man was seriously injured last night  at Sylvester Road and South County Line Road when a 17-year-old pulled his pickup truck into the path of the man's motorcycle.

Another Worth County man, 64-year-old Winston Shepard, died last week from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash there three weeks ago.

62 year old Jerry Slappey suffered broken legs, a broken pelvis, and internal injuries Thursday night when his motorcycle slammed into a pick up truck, that pulled out from South County Line road into his path on Sylvester Road.

Skip Nichols, who lives on South County Line Road, said "It's not surprising to have one everyday at that particular intersection. It's a bad intersection."

Nichols a store near the intersection. "I would love to see a light there. In order to save somebody's life, yes."

Alisa Hamilton has lived on South County Line Road for 12 years, and disagrees. "I think it would probably be ridiculous to put a red light there."

Hamilton agrees the intersection is dangerous, but because of the drivers not paying attention. "If they would just obey the traffic and watch and pay attention they would probably be a lot better off."

Georgia Department of Transportation officials have studied the intersection, and it's now under review. Traffic experts saying sometimes putting up a stop light on a high speed highway can make it more dangerous.

Safe Communities Coordinators Michele Strickland said "They often change that type of crash, but we do see those crashes go up when a signal is installed."

But with one man hospitalized in fair condition after last night's crash, and another man dead from a crash last month at the intersection, some people who drive on County Line Road wonder how many more lives the intersection will claim.

Brenda Bevil said "And I'm thinking, is that what they're waiting on, because they haven't done anything. And it's been years that this has been going on."

Strickland says the biggest danger factor at the intersection is driver error. But some people who live here say it's time to put up a stop light and see if it helps.

17-Year-old Donald Beebe was charged with failure to yield following Thursday night's wreck.

Department of Transportation officials aren't sure when the review of the study at the intersection will be complete to decide if any changes are warranted.

  • Here is Traffic Data from the GADOT for U.S. 82/S.R. 520 at C. R. 459 (County Line Road) in Dougherty County.

2004 -  6 accidents
2005 -  5 accidents
2006 -  8 accidents
2007 -  5 accidents
2008 - 12 accidents

 

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