Doug / 12-28-2011 / Car Accident

Florida Community Pleads for Stoplight at Dangerous Intersection

An East Naples community has been pushing officials to add a traffic light on the dangerous U.S. 41, but may have to wait a few more months, according to Jan Jackson’s grandson suffered a traumatic brain injury after a pedestrian accident recently while riding his bike home from Lely High School.

“We have to do something,” Jackson told the Collier County transportation planning agency. “No one should have to go through what I went through or what my grandson’s gone through.”

The traffic light will not be up for a few months, and community officials are trying to come up with a short-term solution in the meantime.

“For six years, we have been trying to get a light there,” said Donna Fiala, commissioner of the Eagle Lakes community where the accident occurred. “I see people with stroller try to cross there all the time. “And Eagle Lakes is the most utilized park in the county parks system. We need a light now.”

The Department of Transportation says they need to meet requirements before the light can go up, and it is a process. There were 30 accidents at the intersection between 2009 and 2011, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. They plan on putting up signs posting drivers’ speed as a warning until the traffic light is approved.

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