News 12 at 11:00, July 12, 2007
AUGUSTA, GA--It's a confusing intersection, where nobody seems to know who's turn it is to cross. That is putting people at risk for a collision. News 12 catches it on camera at the intersection of wheeler road and Aumond road in this week's dumb and dangerous driving
A white truck across the way waits as these two cars pass. Then, it's his turn to go; but, another driver takes it. Chris Rucker comes through that area every day, and he says there are a lot of people who don't seem to know what to do.
"You've got a 7-way stop. There's a lot of confusion when you approach this 4-way, 7-way stop as to who goes first and who goes second." He said.
There's a lot of traffic coming from a lot of different directions, because most sides of the four-way stop has a left-turn lane, and a lane where people can either turn right or stay straight. That means people coming from everywhere, trying to turn anywhere. That an be confusing.
"You've got 3 or 4 cars backed up, you've got, in the worst-case scenario, everybody at the intersection at the same time. You've got all sorts of problems." Chris said.
Problems like this: A jeep starts to go, and then slams on the breaks to avoid a minivan.
Then, it happens again. A white car starts to take their turn, and a car coming from the right cuts that driver off. Chris says that often leads to crashes: "I live in this neighborhood. I hear the sirens approach this intersection all the time."
He says it's dangerous, and it's just plain rude. A truck across the street waits patiently for the people who were there before him, but a truck that got there after him decides to go first.
Chris says it's a very unpredictable area. And his strategy is hoping for the best.
"I like to hold my breath a lot. I just get up to the stop sign, look at somebody else, do a southern wave, and kick it on over. And if somebody else is edging out, then you stop, they do a little robot thing, and then you go." He said.
If there's a neighborhood like this near you, here's what you can do. Let the city's traffic engineering department know about it. They can do a traffic study. And if the results show it to be a problem intersection, they may put up a traffic light.