Guest Your Turn by: Fred Spike
Recently a man was struck and killed while trying to cross Carolina Beach Road near Monkey Junction.
WECT contacted the North Carolina Department of Transportation in the wake of this death to find out if any traffic studies had been done as a result of multiple deaths in the area. The DOT answered that they had not done any studies because all of the fatalities were due to pedestrian error.
As I see it, the main error that these pedestrians made was trying to cross or walk along Carolina Beach Road.
A few days after the most recent tragedy I observed a young lady trying to cross the road in the same area at about 5:00 in the afternoon. She was pushing a baby stroller and accompanied by a young girl who I'm guessing was about 10 years old. I prayed they would cross safely.
There are no markings or signals in the area to help pedestrians safely cross the 5-6 lanes of highway.
With mobile-home parks and developments on one side of the road and Wal-Mart, restaurants and shopping of all types on the other…with heavy traffic in-between…future tragedies of this nature are inevitable unless provisions are made for pedestrian safety.
In my opinion it would make a lot of sense to at least get a traffic study done on the situation.
Emailed comments from viewers:
This was one of the best point ever made on Your Turn, the county and city governments allows a location to be built that attracts 1000's with a bus stop, but fail put in even one cross walk to the center and does not have with one within 5 miles. No study needs to be done cross walks are a must if put in a bus stop but no safe way to get there, there is money being made on bus fares but no way to get people safely to the bus stop. The local government is responsible for all the deaths.
322 Shipyard Boulevard