Andy Simmons Staff Writer
November 4, 2013
Rebecca Mickey has lived on West Point Road her entire life.
Recently, however, she has had a couple of close calls when it has come to accidents on the road that she lives on. The latest one occurred Oct. 27.
“I was sound asleep, it was 3 a.m. in the morning and all I heard was a crash,” Mickey said.
“I looked out my window and I saw the car and it was wrapped completely around this pecan tree. Two young guys. I thought at the time that they were dead.”
But this wasn’t just the only accident that had occurred at Mickey’s residence.
“Another one was coming from West Point. I woke up and all I could hear was POW POW POW. What it was was a transformer when they hit the telephone pole when it fell.”
To say that Mickey is lucky could be an understatement, as there have been several incidents that have occurred on her road for as long as she, or anyone in her family can remember.
“I’ve actually lost count,” Calvin Turner said, who lives right next door to Mickey and is her grandson.
Turner is one of the advocates behind trying to get the Georgia Department of Transportation to come out to Mickey’s property and see if they can get a guardrail put in place for that stretch of road.
The process of putting in a request is simple. Getting someone out there to approve of such a operation is the real challenge.
“The request needs to go through the traffic operations engineer,” a representative of the Department of Transportation said.
“Once they’re out there, it’s up to them to make the decision whether or not they need to place a guardrail.”
To have a guardrail be built would cost the DOT roughly $1,000 per section (at least eight feet), which is what Turner is hoping to accomplish. He would build his own barrier, but there’s always the risk that if someone was killed because of it and they would be the ones held responsible.
Nevertheless, Turner claims that he and his family mean business and will be relentless in their pursuit to get this project accomplished.
“It’s on public record that a couple times a month, there’s an accident. You’d think they would’ve picked up on it by now,” Turner said.
“How many more people have to die before something gets done?”