Drive safely on Highway 56

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Mike Padgett Highway, Georgia Highway 56, Old Savannah Road – no matter what you call that road, speed kills.

I grew up on the Richmond-Burke county line on Highway 56, and there have been many improvements over the years. Increased lanes, caution lights, red lights and turn lanes are some of the improvements. I have seen accidents involving everything from log trucks to horses. Some are avoidable and some are not.

If you travel Highway 56, you will learn quickly that the average speed most people drive is 65 mph. Excessive speed mixed with several 40,000-pound trucks that feed our industries on the south side, is not a recommended combo. Respect the trucks; give them room.

A 40,000-pound truck weighs approximately the same as, say, 15 cars. How much room will you need to stop your car if it weighed 15 times what it does now? I am not saying the drivers of these trucks are exempt from the traffic laws by any means, but you must watch them and give them room. When you pass, allow plenty of room for the driver to stop.

I started driving Highway 56 when I was 16, and shared the road with pulpwood trucks. If you remember these vehicles, they were in a class all to themselves, and held together with the drivers’ will to earn a living.

Back to my point: Slow down and look out for your fellow drivers. Change what you can now, no matter how small, and you will be amazed by the outcome.

Remind your friends and family to buckle up, watch the other drivers and slow down. It’s not the road that is unsafe. It’s the drivers.

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faithson 04/26/12 - 11:48 pm
when roads like hwy 56 are

when roads like hwy 56 are proven to be dangerous, it may be time to install a speed camera system to slow the drivers down.

seenitB4 04/27/12 - 07:17 am
Very thoughtful letter

Very thoughtful letter Laurie....but improvements are sooo needed on that road.

Iwannakno 04/27/12 - 07:20 am
Better than a speed camera

Better than a speed camera would be traffic lights and a turn lane where there is traffic not from tobacco road to phinizy where you don't need it. Or do like a lot of smaller towns and force the trucks to use the road that abuts the airport. There are multiple things you can do and when intwined together will have a significant affect on cutting down on speed, traffic and ultimatelty wrecks and fatalities!

InChristLove 04/27/12 - 09:00 am
We think this road is bad

We think this road is bad now, wait until the new Starbuck's plant is built and we have another hundred cars traveling on this road. I don't know what the answer is to this problem (other than people slowing their hiney's down), and the traffic light at Goshen has seemed to help some, but I'd rather drive on Bobby Jones than Hwy 56.

allhans 04/27/12 - 11:17 am
I would think that most of

I would think that most of the drivers on Hwy 56 are fully aware of the road and the driving conditions, yet they continue to drive like dare-devils. So be it.

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