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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

The new Bypass and driver safety.

Posted Monday, December 2, 2013, at 7:21 AM
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  • I went through that wreck right after it happened, It appeared a driver had pulled out in front of a car on the bypass. In most highway construction I have seen, they would have had an overpass or underpass, when crossing a major traffic vein. What we have is a stop sign on an interstate, so to speak, instead of an overpass on a main highway(Fairfield), leading to a town. Surely, the study that was done for the bypass contained an overpass. I just hope at the cost of lives, that it was not about the money to construct one. A band-aid stop sign, will never work for a major bleeding artery.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Dec 2, 2013, at 8:26 AM
  • Hwy 437 is not an interstate, interstates have multiple lanes and are divided by a median. This is a basic stop sign intersection, people just need to pay more attention, it is as simple as that.

    -- Posted by billh on Mon, Dec 2, 2013, at 10:15 AM
  • It doesn't matter if you provide flashing lights, sirens, picture screens, or anything else. It is all about personal responsibilities and simply as billh stated, Paying attention. People are too consumed by electronics now that they no longer pay attention to anything around them. I can't tell you how many people I see every time we are out, glued to their phones. A woman in a minivan came close to hitting a few deers that were on Frank Martin because she was too busy on her phone. Laws and rules aren't going to work, because we already have those in place. It's sad and scary, but people just don't care anymore.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, Dec 2, 2013, at 3:52 PM
  • You are right bill, it's not an interstate, maybe I should have clarified my "so to speak" a little more, however it is designed to be a higher (55mph)road. Unlike an interstate the stop sign is there, and it has flashers and speed bumps, flashing lights,, and all, and apparently people still get hurt, if you know what I mean, but it is rather simple, stop means stop. I wonder if the person that pulled out had a distance blind spot or tried to beat the fast moving car approaching. I agree PrpleHze it's almost dangerous to even drive anywhere these days because of cell phones and electronics. I watched a women nick another car at Walmart pulling into a space and before she backed out from the hit and fixed the problem, it was like she had to finish the text first, it's vary scary she could have injured a child or even killed someone. People seem to be getting dumbfounded these days and caring about safety and others is definitely loosing priority. I will not even use my phone at all when driving, if its that important I'll pull off the road first.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Dec 2, 2013, at 9:36 PM
  • I guess I have not been on these side roads for a while. There are speed bumps, flashing lights, etc.? In that case, I can't think of anything else but overpasses and I doubt that will happen.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 3, 2013, at 7:33 AM
  • It is very simple people have to stop and pay attention. Nothing will stop this unless you put a traffic light which is not needed.

    Slow down as you approach and stop and look both ways do not try and beat the car or truck.

    It is common sense!!!

    -- Posted by roadrunner on Tue, Dec 3, 2013, at 11:26 AM
  • Does anyone know how the folks are doing from the latest accident?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 3, 2013, at 4:58 PM
  • Let me clarify that question. The latest accident at Fairfield and the bypass.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 3, 2013, at 5:17 PM
  • Put speed bumps on side road for awhile. That will get their attention. And hefty, I mean hefty fines for cell phone use while driving. It is getting old trying to do defensive driving for both myself and the other driver. I never use my cell phone while driving. I lock it in glove box.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Fri, Dec 6, 2013, at 5:34 PM
  • Sounds like we are going to have to deal with another 4 way stop

    -- Posted by billh on Mon, Dec 9, 2013, at 7:36 AM
  • My husband says "rump, rumps" as he calls them, will get your attention, even when sleepy. They have them on the Fairfield Pike sides. Maybe we just need some of everything....the flashing lights as you enter the area at least 300-400 ft out, the "rump, rumps" and lots of them and also a lighted caution sign like they have on the interstates to warn of the dangerous intersection. And, then lots of careful drivers who pay attention to driving and not who is calling or texting....

    -- Posted by decorate1956 on Mon, Dec 9, 2013, at 8:14 AM
  • For those who did not read the T-G this Sunday, billh said it. The decision is all but made to put a four-way stop there.

    I have not used the bypass more than a few times and don't believe I went the full length but one so I guess having a sop sign is not all that bad, but if people cannot stop on Fairfield Pike what makes them think they will stop on the bypass?

    We don't trust the one at the intersection of Hwy 64 and act as if they will run it until we see differently. Thinking someone will see and honor the stop sign at Fairfield could be just as dangerous as one not being there.

    The caution light and signs at 82 and 231 seem to be working. I wonder why that is not what they try first?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 9, 2013, at 10:46 AM
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