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Concerns Raised Over Roswell/Sardis Intersection

The intersection in the heart of Buckhead is being singled out by PEDS advocate as a sign that the city needs more traffic enforcement in the city as a whole.

Sally Flocks, an advocate for pedestrian safety with PEDS, is concerned that traffic violations at an intersection in the heart of Buckhead is putting pedestrians at risk.

Fox 5 Atlanta is reporting that Flocks believes the intersection of Roswell Road and Sardis Way by Bank of America is one example of how there is not enough traffic enforcement in the city.

Buckhead Patch spent some time at the intersection this morning and observed that no cars (out of around 25) came to a complete stop on Sardis Way when traffic was bare northbound on Roswell Road. Instead, all cars turning right onto Roswell treated the stop sign there as more of a “yield” sign.

What are some other intersections in Buckhead that give cause for concern?

 

Flocks believes this attitude among drivers presents a safety hazard that can cause vehicle accidents and endanger pedestrians, especially at night.

Because of an agreement with Philips Arena in which the police department has to dedicate its motorcycle squad to events in the evenings, the city often doesn't have a full force to handle traffic enforcement, Fox 5 reported. 

What do you think should be done about this problem? Is there ever a valid time to ignore traffic laws? Let us know in the comments below!

Joseph June 15, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Check out all the cars driving westbound on Piedmont Rd that go right onto Lenox Rd towards 400. When the light is red, nobody stops before proceeding, they just treat it as a green light. The cops should just sit at these intersections during the day and we wouldn't have to worry about APD budget shortfalls.
Michael Packer (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Joseph, great point. Perhaps this would be a good alternative to TSPLOST, although I'm sure many people would have even more of a problem with that ha.
Bennett Wiggins June 16, 2012 at 04:47 PM
There is more money to be made enforcing the traffic laws that the parking violations. The city could afford a larger police force by enforcing the traffic laws. This larger force would be distributed through out the city and could quickly respond to 911 calls. It's a win-win for law abiding residents of the city.

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