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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  • by Love Hwy 20 on Mar 31, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    Highway 20 is beautiful once you get out past Adams Tree Farm.Accidents happen either because people are stupid or they are what they are ACCDENTS. The ones where people are just plain are usually the ones that hurt innocent ones. Speed limits, road signs, road markings are there for a reason abide by them EVERYWHERE and maybe less accidents will occur and as for the comments concerning the fine people of Highway 20 - Step back take a look yourself first before u judge us or better yet YOU stay on your side of town & we will gladly stay on ours.
  • by JUST KNOW Location: tally on Mar 31, 2011 at 05:54 AM
    The road is worn down because all the big trucks with big tires drivin to perry. Rednecks on 20 dnt deserve anything.
  • by J Timney Location: Tallahassee on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    If Hwy 20 people are afraid of their safety, move to Wakulla. They have about the same IQ.
  • by pat Location: highway 20 on Mar 30, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    the only new signs that need to be posted is show respect, use common sense, be aware of what other drivers around you are doing pull over to use your cell phone...these are things that all drivers should be taught from day one.
  • by pat Location: hwy 20 on Mar 30, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    as i have stated before..until we show respect for others not amount of lawenforment or widened roads will stop the accidents on any highway..if people start to pass you speed up or pull over and if you are driving over the speed limit slow down..leave earlier if you need to,,,if you are out for a sunday drive, slowing others down, then wait for the traffic to clear to take your drive..respect, respect, respect
  • by A local yankee Location: HWY 20 on Mar 30, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    I was at the meeting last night there was only a small cross section of the number of people who live between Aenon Church Rd and Bloxum cut off. The County and Law enforcement Reps. were very responsive to us but if they think this meeting will end it I will enjoy thier chargrin when we show them the community really is going to make them listen. There are too many crosses on the grass of HWY 20. I was proud of my nieghbors last night. We will make a difference.
  • by A Location: TALLAHASSEE on Mar 30, 2011 at 01:23 PM
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      by pat on Mar 30, 2011 at 02:44 PM in reply to A
      you are one sick puppy..and i don't need a degree to know that..if you are ever driving out on 20 i hope you have a safe drive
  • by J Timney Location: Tallahassee on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    Who cares about Hwy 20? Most of them are on welfare anyway. Put the resources where they are needed. Put them toward paying citizens.
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      by Wayne on Mar 30, 2011 at 02:12 PM in reply to J Timney
      Welfare? If I may ask, where did your information on the welfare receipients come from? Do you work for a state agency that monitors welfare on Hwy 20? Since you "seem" to know so much about our community, please come on out and share some more of your insightful and witty information about us. Never mind, go back to playing your video game and shut up. Remember, silence is golden but duct tape is silver.
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        by Whistle Blower on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:44 PM in reply to Wayne
        I do work for the welfare office. There are alot of hwy 20 folks and Wakulla folks on welfare. I wouldn't call them totally stupid. They are pretty smart playing the system.
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      by Tallahasseesmile on Mar 30, 2011 at 04:39 PM in reply to J Timney
      Oh my, god be with you whoever you are! We are people too. Not everyone out here is on welfare. We have State Senators that stay out here during session, judges, elderly and ancestors of the founders of this community that were doctors, the homes around Lake Talquin some are just a lavish as your Killearn Plantation Homes...Obviously you care nothing about your fellow man at all. If you have ever have the need to travel down Hwy 20, I hope you have a safe journey toward your destination. Because it sounds like the destination when you die is already planned out and the journey there will just be plain HOT! In addition, I hope and pray that you do not wind up being one of our casualties.........
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        by Not me!! on Mar 31, 2011 at 06:32 AM in reply to Tallahasseesmile
        I live on Hwy 20 (purely because the rent is cheap where we live and the place is nice) and I'm not on welfare. Wouldn't be if I could, either.
  • by Tina Location: Sandstone on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM
    Folks I hate to break it to you but Florida voted to lower property taxes a few years back. Less taxes means less goverment and less services, which mean no money for road projects and no money for new Deputies to be assigned to our road. You can't expect the same services by paying less taxes, you have to decide. I was at the meeting and all I saw was one FHP trooper who did not have much to say. I think LCSO is doing a great job of handling law enforcement out here, time for FHP to step up and do thier job, which is traffic enforcement.
  • by move isall you can do Location: hy-20 on Mar 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    the people on 20 are complaineing about it being to dangerous. if they widen the roar it will be at their front doors on alot of the homes. then they will complaine about that. or move your homes back some. the road is dangerous and a real pain to drive on. wideing it is all that can be done.
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      by Patti Tucker on Mar 30, 2011 at 02:16 PM in reply to move isall you can do
      And where did you get your engineering degree?
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        by What? on Mar 31, 2011 at 06:33 AM in reply to Patti Tucker
        The same place they got their English and spelling education, obviously....
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