Busy Road Causes Concern

By: Adam Vasallo
By: Adam Vasallo

Employees at Archbold Hospital are turning to the Thomasville Police Department for help.

Flashing lights, signs and warnings along busy Mimosa Drive are not slowing down local traffic.

Will Watt, Customer Service Director at Archbold, says, "I have a lot of employees that stop and tell me in the hallways, ‘you need to do something with the speeders outside, I've almost got hit today.’ "

Mimosa Drive runs behind Archbold Hospital's main building. Two crosswalks allow pedestrians to access the hospital’s surrounding clinics. Years of development over have increased vehicle traffic. Now those trying to save lives say they're putting theirs at risk when crossing the street.

Jane Collins, a RN with Archbold Oncology, says, "I wait on the curb because it's never certain anybody's gonna obey the sign or even know that it's there, so it's really kinda difficult. You really have to wait until the traffic passes to know whether or not they really are going to stop for you."

After so many close calls with pedestrians, the hospital contacted the Thomasville Police Department, who quickly got an officer out here to slow down speeders along Mimosa Drive.

Chief David Huckstep of the Thomasville Police Department says, "Our presence is going to be there a lot more than it's been in the past to try to get the cars to slow down, and if the presence doesn't work, then we'll be issuing citations to slow those cars down."

So whether or not it requires Thomasville police to start writing tickets, pedestrians on Mimosa Drive just hope it will be safe once again to cross the street.

A new heart and vascular center is slated to open on Mimosa Drive later this year, meaning more traffic for the already busy roadway.


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