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New Signs at Deadly Effingham Intersection to Stop Fatal Accidents

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EFFINGHAM COUNTY -

It's known as one of the most deadly intersections in Effingham County -- but hopefully a sign upgrade will put a stop to the accidents.

According to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, the intersection at Midland and Blue Jay Road has caused countless accidents -- many of them fatal.

Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie personally campaigned for a new set of stop sign at the intersection. He hopes the upgrade not only stops cars, but also puts a stop to deadly accidents.

"Just a few months ago, we had an 18 wheeler that ran though the intersection and hit a car, killed the driver of that vehicle."

It's an all too common scene here in Effingham. The intersection at Blue Jay and Midland Road has been a problem for the Sheriff's Office for years.

Now Sheriff McDuffie is trying to put a stop to fatal accidents.

"We started having them run the stop sign; blowing right through it. How they can just run through the intersection I have no idea, but we had it numerous times over the last few months."

He was able to get two new sets of stop signs---they are nearly double the size of regular signs, plus they are extra reflective. Sheriff McDuffie hopes it gets drivers attention.

"I'm concerned that some of it is these little things we call cell phones. People are paying more attention to the cell phones rather than what's on the road. So if we can get more flashy things out there, the more reflective material--maybe that will get someone's attention and they won't blow through the intersection."

For the Sheriff, it's another win in the battle to manage traffic on the roads of Effingham County.

"A few years ago, the commission lowered the speed limit to 35 miles an hour. By slowing the traffic, we have reduced our fatalities-- until we had these that started running through the intersection."

He says the stop signs---and other traffic calming techniques---are all designed to keep the community safe; and if it saves one--its worth all the effort.

In an effort to do even more on the roads of Effingham, the Sheriff has worked to create an ordinance to ban 18 wheelers from Blue Jay and Midland road -- unless they are making or picking up deliveries. It's already passed the first reading.

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