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Stop signs obscured by other signsPosted Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at 2:14 PM
I deliberately delayed this blog out of respect to the families and friends of the two young ladies, one of whom lost her life and the other critically injured, in the recent tragic traffic accident at the intersection of Highway 231 North and State Highway 82 East.
That accident was not caused by what I am going to refer to in this blog.
Years ago I did a five-part series called Traffic Trouble Spots in Shelbyville and Bedford County.
Choosing times when no traffic was close, I drove through those intersections with camera to my eye to capture exactly what a driver would see as he or she drove up to them.
I led the series with what we then called the intersection of Murfreesboro Highway and Bell Buckle Lane. Of course 231 North was a two-lane road and the intersection was out in the middle of nowhere at that time. As I approached the intersection on 82 East, I was was amazed by the fact, also revealed by the picture, the stop sign was completely obscured by other signs.
On the Tuesday before the most recent tragic accident there, my wife and I were driving to Murfreesboro. I was considering mentioning that five-part series in a blog (since most of them are still trouble spots) and glanced at the stop sign and noticed many signs all around the stop sign. The stop sign wasn't obscured, but too much a part of the overall clutter.
I'm not against anyone making a buck, but I most certainly am against anything that endangers precious lives.
In my opinion, the intersection is much more dangerous today that it was back then.
Why does anyone put up a sign at an intersection? They want motorists to see and read them.
Am I completely out of line by suggesting no signs allowed within 30 yards of any intersection to a major highway?
For the recored I went back yesterday and counted the signs clustered around the stop sign. I counted five standing and one that had either been knocked down or had blown down.
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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.