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Comment on deadly situation at bypass intersection

Writer witnessed driver behavior which could very easily have resulted in accident with results similar to the tragedy which occurred Monday afternoon, January 21, 2013. She suggests changes.

By Joyce M Coomer

One day last week, I went to Walmart for some supplies and when I was coming back, the light at the intersection of Burkesville Street and the bypass turned red just as I got under it. (I was on Burkesville Street).

There was a delivery van about six to eight car lengths behind me and it also came through the intersection, without stopping. It was a good thing that the only vehicle waiting on the bypass for a green light was an apparently heavily-laden fertilizer truck, as it took it a bit to get moving. (I was checking my rear view mirror frequently as I always do.) If someone had been sitting there in a sedan and took their foot off the brake and put it on the gas, there could have been another serious accident.

For years the state police have been putting in their accident reports whether or not passengers in vehicles involved in accidents were wearing seat belts.

I think that cell phone activity at the time of accidents should also be included in the accident reports. --Joyce M Coomer

This story was posted on 2013-01-22 08:59:06
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