Highway 20 Dangers Spark Community Conversation

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

Senator Bill Montford vowed to help make highway 20 safer for the people living along what many are now calling a "speedway".

Members of the Leon County Board of Commissioners and law enforcement agencies were also invited to attend the community meeting Tuesday night 3-29 at Fort Braden School on Highway 20.

"The highway is state owned and it's just like a race track out here," said resident, Carla Goergieff.

The meeting was called to discuss road safety issues and come up with ideas on how to reduce the number of crashes that take place along the highway.

Two of the most recent fatal crashes happened within months of each other. In the first, FSU student Becca Brady was killed after being hit by a car. The second crash claimed the life of Wendy Jackson, an employee of Leon County Schools.

People at this meeting say enough is enough. And considering Fort Braden's location, their main concern is for their children.

"We're concerned about the lighting at the bus stop where our children are standing in the dark waiting on the school buses. There are just many safety issues out here," said Georgieff.

"Highway 20 is not just a straight shot where you can see 10 miles ahead of you. You have a lot of curves, a lot of no passing zones, things of that nature," said Sheriff Larry Campbell of the Leon County Sheriff's Department.

Campbell says highway 20 is known for some terrible wrecks, but he hopes to get it under control.

A few ideas are being tossed around to make the road safer; things like increasing patrol, adding street lights, or making speed bumps.

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