Citizens call for lower speed limit on Georgia HWY 219

Citizens call for lower speed limit on Georgia HWY 219
Published: Aug. 16, 2013 at 2:27 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Some call it the 'short-cut to LaGrange', but its official name is Highway 219. More recently, it's being called a death trap.

"We've had several fatalities here, one just three weeks ago when a young man, 20 years old, from our community here was killed and three others were severely injured," says Fred Jones, who lives on Hwy 219.

Galen Mallory of West Point recently died on this road. He collided into an SUV that was swerving to miss another car that had drifted out of its lane.

Jones, who has lived on this highway for all of his life, says this is just one of the many incidents that have occurred on this old country road. He and several other community members want state representatives and officials to do something about it.

"Our objective is to get 45 miles an hour for this five miles stretch, so the difference will only save a person, it's only about a one minute difference," Jones says.

Michael Presley, the district traffic engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation, says that they've already taken steps to help make Hwy 219 safer. Some of those measures include clearing brush out of the road.

"We've been assessing those concerns from a speed standpoint, from an accident standpoint, from a visibility standpoint, and from a signage standpoint. We are doing some things in our reasonable control to basically try and improve this corridor," Presley  says.

Fatal crash investigators with the Georgia State Patrol are searching for a small gray car, possibly a Suzuki, in connection with that fatal crash in Harris county that claimed the life Galen Mallory.

Anyone with information are asked to called the Georgia State Patrol post in LaGrange at 706-845-4104.

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