WARNER ROBINS -- John Todd has seen a rash of accidents in front of his home in recent years, but after a motorcyclist died in his yard recently, he decided to take action.
Todd told the Houston County Commission on Tuesday that something needs to be done about the speeding traffic on Heritage Drive at its intersection with Horseshoe Drive. Because of the winding curve on Heritage, the posted speed limit is 25 mph, and 20 mph with a line-of-sight warning sign near Horseshoe.
But Todd, who lives on Heritage, said he regularly sees traffic speeding down the road at 60 mph or more. He said seven accidents have happened in front of his house in the past five years, but the motorcyclist killed about a month ago was the first fatality there. The motorcyclist struck a brick culvert in front of Todd’s house and landed in his yard.
“We cannot safely back out of our driveway,” he said. “It’s a danger to even mow the right of way.”
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Todd asked commissioners to install a three-way stop. Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said he would discuss it with the sheriff and possibly conduct a traffic study.
After the meeting Todd acknowledged that the accidents are not the result of Horseshoe Drive traffic colliding with Heritage Drive traffic, but rather people speeding down Heritage and losing control. He said he had been told previously that a three-way stop could not be put up solely to slow traffic, but he hoped the county would consider it anyway.
“I don’t see any other way you could slow people down, unless you put in speed bumps,” he said.
The sheriff’s office has issued speeding tickets in the area before, and that helps for a couple of weeks, but people soon return to speeding, he said.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting the board gave final approval to a change in the employee policy manual to clarify its policy on county employees with guns. The policy doesn’t actually change policy but was put in place in the wake of a new state law that allows licensed gun carriers to take guns into public buildings.
The county has said it was passing the new policy to make sure employees knew they can’t bring guns into the workplace, with a few exceptions that are spelled out in the policy.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.