Dumb and Dangerous Driving - May 31, 2007

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News 12 at 11:00, May 31, 2007

A problem intersection is causing lots of problems for drivers. Lots of people are trying to turn lots of directions at once at Sand Bar Ferry and Laney Walker Boulevard. It's an area where a neighborhood meets two very busy roads, and all that traffic comes together at one time.

Our cameras caught an 18-wheeler turning left across two lanes of traffic, a car turning right out of the neighborhood, and a truck going straight across the median at the same time. Paul Cook says it's a lot going on at the same time.

"It's a pretty difficult turn there. You have to be really, really careful." Paul said.

Whenever Paul leaves his quiet neighborhood, he has to fight all this chaos. Traffic is coming from four directions at once, from Sand Bar Ferry, Paul's neighborhood, and Laney Walker Boulevard.

It takes some people a while to make it across the intersection, but not everyone is quite that patient. One truck cuts it pretty close, as the driver starts to make the left turn before the other truck clears the intersection.

"There have been a number of very serious accidents. I can recall at least two fatalities. Unfortunately one of the fatalities was an ex-brother-in-law of mine." Paul said.

He says the cause of the crashes is the congestion combined with unpredictable driving.

Paul has been asking the city for a traffic light, and it looks like he's going to get it. The city of Augusta is working with the Georgia Department of Transportation on that project.

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