Dumb and Dangerous Driving - May 22, 2006

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

May 22, 2006
You asked for it, and we brought it back: "Dumb and Dangerous Driving".

Thanks to your e-mail suggestions, News 12's Kristen Cosby hit the streets and caught some of our best stuff yet on camera.

How much time do you think you spend in the car?

We all spend so much of lives behind the wheel, and bad driving is just plain annoying...and dangerous.

That's why this story focuses on that commute to work.

Sometimes it truly seems so much of life is on the highway.

It starts in the early morning hours as we commute to work.

Neighbors in the Forest Lake subdivision off Fury's Ferry Road e-mailed us about their struggles just getting out of the neighborhood.

They say drivers coming out of the West Lake subdivision directly across the street block their right turns on green.

And they can't always turn on red because so many cars are driving on Fury's Ferry.

"They don't stop when it's an orange light or a red light. They just pile out and completely stay out there, so you have to wait through another light to get out," says Forest Lake resident Russell Oglesby.

Sure enough, it didn't take long for our cameras to catch a pile up.

A black Camry couldn't get out, and the West Lake cars kept going on red.

We tried to maneuver the intersection ourselves in our news Jeep. When the light was green, the West Lake cars kept coming through.

We didn't make it out onto Fury's Ferry until the light turned red.

We asked a few West Lake drivers if they could mind their manners.

"Ever realize you're doing that when you're coming out on a green light?" we asked one driver.

"Not at all," was the response.

"Ever realize you're doing that?" we asked another driver.

"Probably. I'm sure I do," the driver said.

"Kind of hard to avoid?" we asked.

"Yeah, there's so much traffic from both sides."

After you get out of your neighborhood, a common part of the morning commute is to stop for a cup of coffee or tea and maybe some breakfast. One popular spot for many Augustans is Washington Road near I-20. Dunkin Donuts is on one corner, Starbucks on the other. And the morning traffic combined with the popularity can create a real mess.

Many drivers must have been in a real rush for their caffeine. From inside our news Jeep, we caught several cars turning into the one-way exit out of Starbucks.

Then a van pulling a trailer barreled in and turned around in the road between the two restaurants.

So we had to ask...Why?

"I didn't notice," the driver said.

"Didn't notice that it was one way?" we asked. "Kind of could cause a safety problem, see the arrow?"

"Kind of a little confusing," the driver said.

"Going to fix it for next time?" we asked.

"Yeah," the driver said.

"Thank you."

"Maybe they should make a better sign," the driver added.

However, the signs there are pretty clear.

They're also well posted outside of Dunkin Donuts. The parking lot curves in one direction and it says "Do Not Enter" on the backside.

Yet, we caught a red sports car zipping in.

That driver also says the signs are hard to see.

"I didn't even notice it."

"Didn't notice it at all?" we asked.

"I was in a hurry to meet those guys."

"You could hit someone, this is a congested area," we said.

"Yeah, it is."

This guy and all the drivers we confronted said they will be more observant next time.

We sure hope so.

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