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Front Yard a Grave Yard

By David PeelDavid Peel Photo 2 12-5David Peel Photo 12-5

How many car accidents would have to occur in your front yard before you asked for help?  Two? Five? Eight?
How about 43?
Three were fatalities.
That is the position that one Tipton County family finds themselves in.  Holly Grove, from Beaver Road west past Plantation to Munford-Gilt Edge Road is uniquely dangerous.
Since January of 2008, state troopers and sheriff’s deputies have worked 97 crashes along Holly Grove road.  (If you assume only 2 people per vehicle, that is equivalent to entire population of Randolph, Tennessee involved in accidents in one stretch of road in one five-year period!)
So many accidents have occurred in this area, that Tipton County has taken the rare step of placing blinking caution lights and additional turn indicating signs. Tipton County has a limited budget for such things, but has responded to concerns. This is good and helpful, but the accidents continue.
It is my understanding that the State of Tennessee has conducted safety studies and that guardrails maybe forthcoming.
But, when children are scared to sleep in their own beds for fear of cars rocketing through the wall, something needs to happen sooner rather than later. When a family has had their vehicle totaled out as it sat in their driveway, more needs to be accomplished. When parents are afraid to have children play in their own front yard, something else needs to be done.
Speed bumps? Grooves? Speed traps? Guard rails? Lowered speed limits? Radar-equipped signs?
WMC-TV, Channel 5’s Justin Hanson recently interviewed Jeremy and Lindsay Wallace, of Brighton, who explained, “Our kids are scared to play outside, and my daughter is scared to sleep in her room.”
Indeed, these safety changes that Peel Law Firm is pushing for may cause the Wallace family to sleep in peace and safety, but they might also save lives of motorists who too often lose control in the area. Maybe your son, daughter or parent will be saved as a result.
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.

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