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More Bluffton Neighbors Coming Forward Over Traffic Circle

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BLUFFTON, S.C. -

A NEWS 3 follow up in the lowcountry, a dangerous traffic circle still top priority for some neighbors in Bluffton.

It's located at the intersection of Bluffton Road and Bluffton Parkway, and seeing a fender bender there is a fairly common sight.

"Its common to see people get into either near accidents or accidents, definitely on a monthly basis there are proven traffic accidents here," said Leah McCarthy, who's started a petition to change the circle.

NEWS 3 went looking for answers, getting accident numbers from the Department of Public Safety.  Since January of 2012, there have been more than 50 accidents here. And while no one's been killed yet, McCarthy doesn't want to wait til that happens for things to change.

"Why wait til something like that happens? I mean I agree that traffic circles are safer than intersections, I know that it reduces a lot of fatalities but there are a lot of other injuries, there are a lot of financial issues for people that are unnecessary."

McCarthy and her son were in an accident last month, prompting her to start an online petition. Last time we talked, she had more than 300 signatures...

"Our numbers have doubled, last I checked earlier today we are at 649 signatures and the best part of that is the comments. because people are really taking the time to share their stories, and to let the department of transportation know that its happening to them, its not just people taking a second to sign something, they really want their voices to be heard."

One of those signatures was Patricia Goodman who says she's nervous every time she drives through that intersection, but she doesn't just want it adjusted, she wants a total change.

"I don't think that circle can be safe period. and I think it needs to be another traffic light just like the rest of Bluffton Parkway has."

McCarthy says she's heard from other neighbors that are concerned as well and they all say something needs to change.

McCarthy says her next move will be to present her case before Beaufort County Council on November 18th to try and get some quick resolution on this situation.

TO SIGN THE PETITION:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/fix-the-bluffton-parkway

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