Residents in Candler Street Area Urge for Increased Traffic Safety
DECATUR- Thechampionnewspaper.com writes that people living near South Candler Street are asking that their officials take steps to improve the safety of the street. Several recent accidents in the area have sparked residents to request that changes be made.*
A five-year-old boy was killed in a crash at the intersection in September. People who live nearby state seeing near accidents on a regular basis.
The group “Calm Candler” started a petition to have more safety measures installed along the road. The petition has 230 signatures and presents a number of possible ways to increase the safety on the road.
Some of the ideas include conducting a risk-based traffic study that would lower the speed limit on the street, extending the size of school zones, improving the visibility of school zones, installing automated traffic enforcement systems, and adding traffic island crossings.
One of the locals, Laura Spriggs, is a cyclist and a runner. She says that when the cars travel past her on Candler at 35 miles per hour, it is frightening. She hopes that drivers can see the perspective of pedestrians and others using the road.
Candler is owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), andany solution will have to be supported by GDOT. The city officials are willing to work with GDOT to develop a solution.
When it comes to pedestrian accidents, the speed at which a vehicle is traveling can mean the difference between life and death. With vehicles traveling 45 miles per hour, pedestrians who are hit have a greater chance of being killed than they do of surviving, at 35 miles per hour, the risk of death drops to 25 percent if the victim is 30-years-old. At 20-miles-per-hour, 93 percent of people live.
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