Rear view of people protesting in the street for a change.
Around 20 people gathered earlier this week near the intersection of Bethsaida Road and Jonesboro Road to speak out about what they refer to as a dangerous intersection. In the last two months, the area has been the site of two fatal accidents, including a car accident in which a husband and wife were killed when they attempted to turn left from Bethsaida to Jonesboro, as well as a hit-and-run pedestrian accident in March that caused the death of a man as he was walking home from the store. Some of the requests made by the community members include speed monitoring at the intersection, as well as a traffic light, flashing lights, and even traffic cameras. In response, a city spokesperson stated that the City of South Fulton is currently developing a streetlight master plan for major corridors, and that the plan is currently in the public input stage as city officials determine the intersections where accidents are most likely to happen. Additionally, the city is also working on a sidewalk plan for the Old National Highway corridor to make the roadway safer for pedestrians. In the meantime, the spokesperson noted, the police are stepping up enforcement in these intersections in order to slow traffic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a factor in around a quarter of all fatal traffic accidents. Speeding not only reduces the amount of time that a driver has to respond to hazards on the roadway by braking, but also increases the amount of distance the car will travel as the brakes pull the weight of it to a stop, increases the severity of a crash, and makes it difficult for other roadway users to judge a safe gap in traffic in which to enter or cross the roadway. If you’ve been injured by a speeding driver, contact an experienced car accident attorneyfrom Cambre & Associates to learn more about the process of obtaining compensation for your injury.