What are the top ten most dangerous intersections in Macon?
MACON, Ga. -- City leaders are working to combat the high number of accidents that are taking place at the most "dangerous" intersections in Macon.
The most dangerous intersection in Macon--meaning the location where the most accidents have occurred--is the intersection of Gray Highway and Shurling Drive.
Lt. Brad Wolfe of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office , who is head of traffic division, said that just because these intersections have the most accidents does not make them the most dangerous or deadly. He said there have been no fatalities at any of these intersections in the past year.
Wolfe said the reason why these intersections are so accident prone is because they have some of the highest volume of cars and trucks going through them every day.
Wolfe said that he isn't surprised that Gray Highway and Shurling Drive is the most dangerous intersection because he said it is probably the busiest intersection in Macon. He said the more cars there are going through an intersection, the more accidents are likely to happen.
He said that one thing that is dangerous about that intersection and ones like it is that there are so many elements to it. In addition to the normal traffic light and left turn lane, there is also a right turn lane off of Gray Highway. This lane is a continuous moving lane, and Wolfe said that some people don't realize that and stop instead, causing accidents.
Macon Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas from District 3 said that the commission is working to add safety features to next year's SPLOST fund in order to add safety features in an attempt to prevent accidents at these intersections. These measures include sidewalks, more lighting for the intersections at night and crosswalks that will light up when people are crossing to alert drivers that there are pedestrians.
Lucas also said that they want to implement these safety features as soon as possible, so the commission might opt to borrow money from bonds and other sources to pay for them then pay the loans back with SPLOST funds. They will have to vote on this item when they approve the SPLOST for 2017 then voters will have to approve it in November.
Wolfe said one way for drivers to prevent accidents at busy intersections is to anticipate what other drivers are going to do. He said it is important not just to be aware of what your light says, but also to look around and make sure that others aren't running red lights and that people in front of you are paying attention to the light as well.