Crosswalk Close to Georgia College Found in Need of Safety Updates
GA- The unionrecorder.com writes that students and others in the Georgia College community are urging officials to increase safety for pedestrians near campus. So far, a petition for safer crosswalks has more than 2,800 signatures. Last week a female student was struck by on Montgomery Street. The crash occurred in the evening, and the girl was rushed to the Navicent Health Baldwin medical facility, where she is recovering from the injuries.*
The incident happened at a crosswalk that is located in the middle of the block as opposed to an intersection. While there is a sign telling drivers to stop for pedestrians, there are no lights or crossing signals present to alert drivers. The driver who collided with the student stated that her visibility was impaired by a truck that was approaching the crosswalk at the same time. The larger vehicle’s lights made it hard for her to see the pedestrian in the road.
The College stated that safety is their priority and that the roads that pass through campus can only be worked on by the Georgia Department of Transportation. According to officials, the exact place where the crash occurred was on a list that the school gave to GDOT last spring expressing concerns.
If the school sees places that it feels are safety risks, they will notify GDOT, who will then conduct a study, or the school may work with GDOT to perform the research necessary to indicate whether a change is warranted.
Safety changes are underway, including a pedestrian scramble, which is planned for the intersection of Hancock and Clarke. The place where the crash took place may receive a high-intensity activated crosswalk or HAWK signal, which will include a red light to inform drivers when a person is attempting to cross the road.
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