December 1st, 2014|
Traffic signals are designed to keep motorists safe, but one particularly dangerous intersection in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has many local citizens up in arms.
The intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Sonya Drive was the location where a 9-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle and suffered a brain injury while attempting to cross the street where there was no crosswalk.
According to WSMV News, the incident resulted in new signage and traffic signals, but some say this has created a whole new set of problems for those on motorcycles. The traffic signals change based on weight readings collected by sensors in the road. When traffic backs up, the lights change—but the lights often don’t change for motorcycles because they’re only a fraction of the size of a car or truck.
This causes motorcyclists to have to pull into moving traffic, putting them at serious risk of motorcycle accidents. Officials are working to address the problem, but no solutions have been pinpointed.