Dumb and Dangerous Driving - June 28, 2007

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

News 12 at 11:00, June 28, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA--It's congestion and chaos at a lunchtime hotspot. People are turning into the wrong lane, going to the wrong direction to get to the Robert C. Daniel Chick-Fil-A.

That parking lot gets really packed, especially during lunchtime. And when you factor in all those people breaking the rules, it can be a very frustrating and dangerous place to drive.

You enter on one side, and exit on the other; however, some people are doing it the other way around. Chick-fil-a manager John Hughes says this happens every day: "People are coming down Walton Way extension and trying to turn left into our store. You can't do that."

Like this: a minivan, and then a car, leave the wrong way. That holds up another driver turning in the right way. But the problem doesn't stop here.

"People want to exit in an 'enter only.'" Said John Hughes.

Across the parking lot, people are turning left to get in where they're clearly not supposed to. And it gets worse. A department of transportation car makes the illegal left into the wrong lane. Another driver does the exact same thing.

Tyler Baum knows all about the problem area. He spends part of his workday advertising right in the middle of it.

"It's busy out here. Everybody's tryin' to get where they're going, and no one likes sitting in traffic." He said. John Hughes agrees: "It's pretty bad, especially when the store gets busy and traffic gets worse. We have a lot of problems in our parking lot."

He says all of it, from turning at the wrong place to the wrong direction, is putting drivers in danger. That's why deputies are often nearby, keeping an eye on the area.


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  • by DENISE KANYER Location: AUGUSTA on Jul 4, 2007 at 05:08 PM
    I'M A MOTHER WHOM LOST THREE KIDS IN A RECKLESS DRIVING CRASH MY DAUGHTER 8 MONTHES PREGEANT AND MY GRANDAUGHTER WAS 17 MONTHES OLD THEY ALL DIED AND THE WORST THING WAS THEY WERE PASSANGERS IF THE OTHER DRIVERS WOULD HAVE FOLLOWED THE LAW OF THE ROAD THEY WOULD STILL BE HERE I BELIEVE THE MORE YOU TALK ABOUT IT THE MORE WE CAN MAKE PEOPLE AWARE START PUTTING FACES WITH THESE CRASHES ISN'T TIME WE ALL WOKE UP
  • by James Location: Aiken on Jun 29, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    I see a orange Barrel in front of the Chick-Fil-A is there construction in the area? If so will the problem go away when it's done?
  • by RUTH Location: GRANITEVILLE on Jun 29, 2007 at 05:00 AM
    WHEN SOMEONE WITH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT TRAFFIC AND THE POWER TO INSTIGATE CHANGE THERE IS NO SOLUTION....CASE IN POINT-----WHISKEY ROAD IN AIKEN
  • by b Location: augusta on Jun 28, 2007 at 06:12 PM
    they do it all the time at university hospital
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