Masters Driving: How Dangerous Is It?

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock; April 8, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Lots of people heading to Augusta this week for the Masters. News 12's cameras were out seeing just how some of those people are driving.

The heart of Masters traffic: Washington Road. Masters Tuesday on the road, no different from Masters Monday. Traffic and brake lights everywhere you look.

Among those brake lights, an Augusta native watching drivers make some dumb and dangerous moves.

"The U-turns, it's really amazing how these cars come up to the light (at Washington Road and Stevens Creek Road) and suddenly make a U-turn," says Jeannie Johnson.

News 12 caught a car doing just that, crossing a double yellow line too.

A Masters visitor from Houston was sharing a good laugh with his friends about his U-turn adventures.

"He (Lou Triche) turns around right in the middle of the road, in traffic. I said, this is illegal," says Bob Bertrand.

His friend Lou response, "that's not true!"

Deputies were out trying to keep the traffic moving, but to no avail at times. Too many cars were trying to get onto Washington Road, some of them blocking the intersection at Stevens Creek and Washington Roads.

"You have to plan your day early if you want to go to the grocery store," says Jeannie.

But, that plan doesn't really help when cars are blocking entrances and going the wrong way in a one-way exit.

Good luck getting onto I-20 westbound on Washington Road, one driver pulling out into a parking lot looking Washington Road.

"Out of one of the businesses you have a yield sign. You think it's clear, start to pull out and here's a car right up on your bumper," says Jeannie.

Then, we found a walker going out into traffic to pick something up. But, those Houston natives say, all this traffic, is not so bad.

"We went to the Shell Open last week and the traffic really is worse there than it is here," says Lou.

"It was ferocious. People going in every direction down there. It seems like they have it pretty well organized here and it's not bad at all," says Bob.

Good thing those Houston drivers didn't see the pickup truck cutting off cars this morning. Not only that, but the truck cut off 2 lanes of traffic to go from the far left to the far right lane.

You heard it from those Houston natives, traffic here in Augusta for the Masters along Washington Road is not as bad as they're used to. So, a good message to everyone is to just be patient and make sure to watch out for those illegal turns. That's because you never know who's watching you!

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