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Former Associated Press writer Jim Purks shared his experiences with people in Albany Thursday night.More >>
Former Associated Press writer Jim Purks shared his experiences with people in Albany Thursday night. More >>
October 29, 2003
Thomasville - Some Thomasville drivers say unless there's a major wreck at Highway 19 and 202, nothing will be done to make the intersection safer.
"It's a very dangerous intersection," says George Tucker who lives on 202. "We've been wishing for a traffic light for several years."
But the department of transportation has been making safety improvements at the intersection, like lowering the speed limit from 65mph to 55mph and installing a caution light. Those improvements seem to be helping.
"Once they did that we started enforcing that to get people to slow down through there," says Georgia State Patrol Trooper Kim Pittman. "So, The accidents are down, the injuries are down."
But he has some advice for drivers. "The motoring public, need to be patient. When you come to an intersection, if it's backed up, you're just going to have to be patient and wait your turn. Make sure it's safe before you enter the intersection and do it with care and caution."
And although a recommendation has been made to the Department of Transportation in Atlanta, it could take years before a traffic light is installed. A representative from the Department of Transportation in Tifton said that they did recommend the state install a traffic light at the intersection for safety reasons, but even if the installation is approved, finding funding for the light could be difficult.