Citizens who live and work along an Alabama Highway known as Ga. Highway 151 are asking their local government to reduce the speed limits. After seven motor vehicle accident fatalities in the area in just 10 years, these concerned residents and business owners seem to have a point. A head-on collision on Oct. 3 that killed one and injured another has spurred this push for reduced speed limits.
The Catoosa County News reports the story:
Randall Dyer said the numbers are too great.
“It’s just a matter of time until we have another death,” he said. “I think they need to do a better job of enforcing the speed limit.”
Dyer has lived off the highway near Temperance Hill Road since 1996 and estimates that the average driver travels between 55 and 70 mph on the road. The speed limit is 55 in most areas, but Dyer said speeding has become even more common since a new school and subdivision were built in the community in the last few years.
According to the article, there have been 13 motor vehicle accidents with injuries and 10 without injuries in 2006 alone. Other suggestions for cutting down on accidents have been widening the road to four lanes and bringing in more law enforcement officers to patrol the area for speeders.