BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Folks in Bainbridge celebrate the beginning of a project they hope will improve safety for teenage drivers.
Several parents and school officials believe a new traffic light could make driving around the high school safer.
As cars rush by on Highway 84, city officials, state representatives, and school personnel gathered under a tent to celebrate success.
Bainbridge mayor pro tem Don Whaley said, “I have a high school senior that drives out here daily, and I know this will make a difference in his life and the lives of all of his classmates. It really will make a big difference in their safety.”
A stop light will soon be installed at this busy high school entrance.
It's an entrance that has caused anxiety among parents and faculty, when several fender benders were common occurrences, especially with close to 400 new drivers coming in and out of campus each day.
Bainbridge High School Principal Tommie Howell said, “Any time you have a teenager in a car, parents worry about their children. That goes without saying. And driving, especially when it's out on a highway, is a concern.”
After the rain subsided, a groundbreaking ceremony took place to celebrate the upcoming improvement.
“It feels good,” said Whaley. “It's a perfect example of state and local government working together and it really will make a difference in our children's safety.”
Principal Howell said the Georgia Department of Transportation will begin construction as soon as next week, with hopes of a working light by the beginning of the next school year.